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Camping at Cherry Creek State Park

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Basic Overview

Cherry Creek State Park is a natural oasis in the Denver Metropolitan area, Colorado, USA. It offers a variety of recreational activities in a prairie environment with a massive reservoir at its heart.

Location

The park is situated in Arapahoe County and is accessible from various points in Denver. The main entrance is typically found off South Parker Road.

Camping Facilities

Campsites: The park boasts 135 campsites, all equipped with electrical hookups. A limited number of full hookup sites (with sewer, electric, and water) are available.

Group Camping: There are facilities for group camping, but you'll need to book in advance due to high demand, especially during peak seasons.

Facilities: Each site usually includes a picnic table and a fire ring. Shared facilities include restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and a dump station for RVs.

Reservation System

Campsite reservations are often required and can be made online or by phone. They can be made up to six months in advance but must be made at least three days before your intended arrival date.

Activities

Water Sports: The centerpiece is the 880-acre Cherry Creek Reservoir, where you can enjoy boating, skiing, sailing, swimming, and fishing.

Trails: The park offers 12 miles of paved trails and 35 miles of multi-use trails for horseback riding, biking, and hiking.

Shooting Range: There is also a family shooting range available for archery and firearm practice.

Model Airplane Flying: For model aircraft enthusiasts, there is a model airfield.

Picnicking: Several picnic areas are available throughout the park, some of which can be reserved.

Winter Activities: When conditions allow, activities such as cross-country skiing and ice fishing are popular.

Wildlife

The park is also a habitat for a diverse range of wildlife, including coyotes, foxes, birds, and even the occasional deer. Bird watchers can enjoy sightings of a variety of waterfowl and prairie birds.

Park Fees

To enter Cherry Creek State Park, you need to purchase a pass. Daily vehicle passes are available, and an annual state park pass can be a good investment if you plan on frequent visits. Campsite fees are separate from the park entrance fee.

Weather Considerations

Climate: The park is open year-round. However, the climate can be quite dynamic with hot summers, cold winters, and rapid weather changes.

Preparation: Make sure to prepare for the elements. Bring appropriate gear for the season, sun protection during the summer, and cold-weather gear for camping in the colder months.

Park Regulations

  • Pets: Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash and under control. You must pick up after your pets.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol above 3.2% by weight in sealed containers is not allowed within the park.
  • Fires: Fires are only permitted in provided grills and fire rings. Check for any fire bans before making a fire.
  • Quiet Hours: The park enforces quiet hours typically between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and keep a respectful distance.

Accessibility

Cherry Creek State Park is committed to providing accessible facilities for all visitors, including campsites, restrooms, and picnic areas that accommodate individuals with disabilities.

For more detailed information on Cherry Creek State Park camping and amenities, it's recommended to visit the park's official website or contact the park's administration directly.

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