LEISURE AND RECREATION
Chatfield State Park
11500 N. Roxborough Park Road
Chatfield offers water sports, fishing,
hiking, birding and horseback riding
opportunities. Overnight campsites are
available by reservation. Chatfield also
has a marina and a hot air balloon
Cherry Creek Reservoir State Park
4201 S. Parker Road
Bicyclists, hikers and water lovers alike
enjoy this natural area with its camping
space and marina.
17th Avenue and York Street
City Park’s lush 314 acres include a
lake, playgrounds, tennis courts and
gardens. The east end of the park is
home to the Denver Zoo and the
Museum of Nature and Science. City
Park hosts a summer concert series, Run
for the Zoo and the Black Arts Festival.
Civic Center Park
Broadway and Colfax Avenue
Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead
Jr., Civic Center Park is located in the
heart of downtown Denver. The state
Capitol is to the east, the City and
County Building is to the west, and
other civic institutions surround the park.
Many major public events are held at
the park annually.
South Monaco Parkway and
East Mexico Avenue
Amenities at this popular park include
an outdoor pool; rugby, soccer and
softball fields; a children’s playground;
and a recreation center.
Highline Canal Trail
This popular hiking, biking and
horseback riding trail begins at a
diversion dam on the South Platte River
and runs 68 miles east-northeast through
Douglas, Arapahoe and Denver
counties. The trail ends at First Creek in
the Green Valley Ranch area just
northeast of Denver.
Roxborough State Park
4751 Roxborough Drive
Famous for its natural rock formations,
Roxborough offers hiking, cross-country
skiing, birding and sightseeing, in
addition to a variety of educational
South Downing Street and East
A popular recreational site, 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. The City
Ditch, a national historic landmark, also
flows through the park, providing
Since the Overland Golf Course first
opened in 1895, golfing has become a
veritable tradition in the Denver area.
Golfers enjoy a wondrous selection of
places to play their pastime (please see the
adjoining listing of more than 100 private
and public golf courses and country clubs
in and around the metro area). In fact, the
Ladies Professional Golf Association’s U.S.
Women’s Open is held in Colorado
Springs, just an hour’s drive south of Denver.
The city is also the hometown of PGA
professional Jonathan Kaye.
The key to the excellent golfing in Denver
and Colorado as a whole is the ever-changing landscape, which is essential to
the creation of golf courses that are
challenging and beautiful at the same time.
In all, there are more than 200 public and
private courses in the state, designed by
world-famous architects, with lush green
fairways that take advantage of the most
scenic vistas imaginable. See the next
article for a more in-depth look at what the
Denver area has to offer golf lovers.
Adams County Parks and Community Resources 303-637-8000 www.co.adams.co.us
Arapahoe/Aurora Parks and Open Space 303-739-7160 www.auroragov.org
Boulder Parks and Recreation 303-413-7200 www.ci.boulder.co.us/parks-recreation
Broomfield Open Space and Trails 303-438-6335 www.ci.broomfield.co.us
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.parks.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.co.jefferson.co.us