Chatfield State Park is a state park
located in Douglas and Jefferson counties of Colorado.
Over three hundred bird species both migrant and resident
frequent Chatfield. Also a variety of mammals roam the park,
including Whitetail and Mule deer, Coyote, Red Fox, Cottontail
rabbit, Prairie Dogs and Weasels.
Audubon Center at Chatfield State Park
The Audubon Society of Greater Denver operates the Audubon
Center at Chatfield State Park, a nature education center that
offers classes, workshops and lectures for all ages, with an
emphasis on children and families.
The center's facilities were originally part of a 5,000-acre
ranch for the Atchison family that became the headquarters for the
Glenn L. Martin Company in 1955. The land became part of the
Chatfield Dam construction project after a flood in 1965, and
later became Chatfield State Park. The Audubon Society of Greater
Denver was invited by Colorado State Parks to develop a nature
center in 1998 out of the old 1940s ranch buildings. In 2004 the
Society completed the renovation of the stone garage building into
an outdoor learning lab. In 2006 the stone farmhouse was
rehabilitated for classroom space and an outdoor amphitheater was
constructed. The Society is building a visitor center that will
house natural history exhibits, a nature library, an auditorium
and a nature-based preschool.
Numerous picnic sites with tables and grills are located
throughout the park. Both group and individual sites are available
on a first-come, first-serve basis. Group sites at Marina Point,
Riverside, Heronry Overlook and Fox Run, are only available
through reservation and may be reserved by calling the park office
at (303) 791-7275. These sites can be reserved from mid-April