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