Things I never thought I would find in Denver include sandy beaches, low-flying bald eagles, an R/C plane air field, and a huge, clean, spacious and beautiful campground. But a few weekends ago we stumbled across all of these and more while exploring Cherry Creek State Park.
Mark and I have lived in Colorado for nearly 10 years, and we had no idea that Denver held such a huge, beautiful state park within its city limits. But now that we live closer, we decided this would be a perfect place for our first night of camping in 2014. So, a few weeks ago we pulled the trailer out of storage, cleaned and de-winterized it (more on that later), and drove south to explore Cherry Creek.
Park Number 3: Cherry Creek State Park
The campground at Cherry Creek was astoundingly beautiful, and a really good deal for RV’ers. For only $24 per night (plus a park entrance fee), you get a paved level spot with full hook ups, lots of grass and trees, fire ring and picnic table. The bath houses in this park were cleaner than our trailer, with coin-op showers and laundry, and vending machines full of sundries like toothbrushes and ice cream. Oh, and did I mention that these wooded, grassy, inexpensive camp sites are less than 10 minutes away from the Centennial IKEA?
On Saturday night we shivered in a strong spring wind, but were rewarded with a beautiful sunset over the Rockies and above the huge Cherry Creek reservoir. That night, we snuggled in the trailer, and on Sunday woke up to frosty ground and sun. While exploring the park on Sunday, we stumbled on Suhaka Field, the home of the Denver R/C Eagles. While actual eagles hunted on the lake nearby, Mark and I got our nerd on by talking to a small group of guys taking some really awesome planes out to fly in the morning.
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Cherry Creek State Park
- Location: On the south side of Metro Denver, Colorado (map)
- Entry Fee: $9 per day or a State Parks Pass plus a $3 Water Quality Authority decal good for a year
- Camping: The campground is open year round and has six different loops, with over 150 sites and three large group sites. Five of the six loops have full hook-ups (including sewer) for RVs, and one has basic sites for tents. Prices range from $16/night for an off-season basic site to $26/night for full hook-ups in summer. For more information, click here or Download a Brochure.
- Facilities: Amphitheater, boat launches and a big marina, very nice campground, lots of picnic areas, model airplane field, shooting range, a new stable for equestrian activities coming this year, a huge swim beach with a small playground, wedding facilities, and lots and lots of trails.
- Activities: Birding (watch out for photographers sprinting in front of traffic!), biking (both paved and unpaved trails), boating and fishing, camping year round, cross-country skiing, picnics, photography, hiking, horseback riding, model airplane flying, range shooting, and water skiing! And many more, for sure. What are other cool things to do in Denver’s backyard wilderness?