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Cherry Creek State Park

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Cherry Creek State Park

Coordinates: 39.6312, -104.8400


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Cherry Creek State Park is a state park located in Arapahoe County, Colorado. The park is in the city of Aurora. The park consists of a natural prairie environment with an 880-acre reservoir at its center which is shared by powerboats, sailboats, and paddle craft. The Cherry Creek Marina and Yacht Club offers mooring and catered events on the north-western shore.

A large imported-sand swim beach is situated on the north-eastern side along with ample parking. The park has 12 miles of paved roads and 35 miles of multi-use trails which are open to runners, cyclists, and horseback riders. There are facilities for camping, radio-controlled aircraft, picnicking, as well as opportunities for bird watching, cross country skiing, and fishing. The park also contains an outdoor shooting range.

Wildlife

More than 40 mammal species roam through the park including eastern cottontail rabbit, coyote, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, weasel, ground squirrel, mule deer, and scampering black-tailed prairie dogs.

History

On August 15, 1993, Cherry Creek State Park was the location for the papal mass of the 8th World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II. The event brought an estimated 500,000 people to the site.

Group Picnic Area

There are five group picnic areas for up to 250 people each. These facilities tend to reserve quickly for summer weekend rentals. When possible, off-season or weekday events provide greater availability, more parking and a quieter experience. See Group Facilities for details. Call the Park Office for reservations at 303-690-1166 X6561.

Picnic Sites

Individual picnic areas are located throughout the park and are available on a first come - first served basis. Many offer shaded tables and grills.

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