5800 S. Powhaton Road, Aurora, 80013
Discover more than 820 acres of water ideal
for fishing, sailing, swimming and other
water activities. You’ll need a park pass for
entry into the park, and don’t bring gas-pow-ered watercraft (it’s banned).
Bluff Lake Nature Center
7350 E. 29th Avenue, Suite 300
Denver, 80238; 303-468-3240
Bluff Lake opened to the public in 1997 as
a 123-acre wildlife refuge. The lake connects
parks and habitat along the Sand Creek
corridor. Visitors are often surprised to learn
this park is part of the former Stapleton
Chatfield State Park
11500 N. Roxborough Park Road
Littleton, 80125; 303-791-7275
Enjoy water sports, fishing, hiking, birding
and horseback riding opportunities at
Chatfield State Park. Overnight camping
is available by reservation. Don’t miss the
marina, and make sure to check out the
hot air balloon launch area.
Cherry Creek Reservoir State Park
4201 S. Parker Road, Aurora, 80014
Bicyclists, hikers and water lovers enjoy this
natural area with its camping space and marina.
17th Avenue and York Street
One of Denver’s favorite parks, City Park
spans over a lush 314 acres and includes
a lake, playgrounds, tennis courts and
gardens. The Denver Zoo and the Museum
of Nature and Science can be found at the
park’s east end. In the summer, the park
hosts a concert series, Run for the Zoo and
the Black Arts Festival.
Civic Center Park
Broadway and Colfax Avenue
A historical gem of a park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., Civic Center Park
is located in the heart of downtown Denver.
Tremendous views are available to visitors,
including the state Capitol is to the east, the
City and County Building is to the west, and
other civic institutions surrounding the park.
Major public events are held here year-round.
South Monaco Pkwy. and East Mexico Ave.
Families with children love this park, which
includes an outdoor pool; rugby, soccer and
softball fields; a children’s playground; and a
Highline Canal Trail
A delightful trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding, Highline Canal Trail begins at
a diversion dam on the South Platte River
and runs 68 miles east-northeast through
Douglas, Arapahoe and Denver counties.
First Creek in the Green Valley Ranch area
just northeast of Denver marks the trail’s end.
Roxborough State Park
4751 Roxborough Drive, Littleton, 80125
Roxborough State Park is well known for
its striking natural rock formations. The
park offers hiking, cross-country skiing,
birding and sightseeing, in addition to a
variety of educational programs.
South Downing St. and East Louisiana Ave.
One of the most popular recreational
destinations in Denver, “Wash” Park’s
amenities include fishing, picnic areas,
tennis courts, a soccer field, a half basketball
court, flower gardens, a pool, a horseshoe
pit, lawn bowling/croquet and a walking/
biking path. A number of events, including
the annual Turkey Trot family run on
Thanksgiving Day, occur in the park.
Denver is a town for golf lovers. In fact, the
entire metro Denver region seems crazy about
the sport. Since the Overland Golf Course first
opened in 1895, golfing has become a favorite
pastime for residents of the Denver metro
area. Numerous golf courses exist to satisfy
golfers with high standards. The Denver
metro area has more than 100 private and
public golf courses and country clubs (please
see the adjoining listing for information). The
Ladies Professional Golf Association’s U.S.
Women’s Open is held in Colorado Springs,
located an hour south of Denver.
PARKS AND RECREATION RESOURCES
Adams County Parks and Community Resources 303-637-8000 www.adcogov.org
Arapahoe/Aurora Parks and Open Space 303-739-7160 www.auroragov.org
Boulder Parks and Recreation 303-413-7200 www.bouldercolorado.gov/trails-and-recreation
Broomfield Open Space and Trails 303-438-6335 www.broomfield.org
Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association 970-247-5406 www.campcolorado.com
Colorado Parks and Recreation Association 303-231-0943 www.cpra-web.org
Colorado State Parks 303-866-3437 www.cpw.state.co.us
Denver Parks and Recreation 720-913-0696 www.denvergov.org/parks
Douglas County Parks and Recreation 303-660-7495 www.douglas.co.us
Jefferson County Open Space 303-271-5925 www.jeffco.us/814/Open-Space