A state park in the middle of city life? Being from Texas where all of our state parks are out in the middle of nowhere, this is a bit of a different experience for us. If you’re heading to the Denver area in your RV, don’t overlook spending some time at Cherry Creek State Park. You won’t be disappointed.
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Cherry Creek State Park: Location
Cherry Creek State Park is located southeast of downtown Denver in the town of Aurora, CO on the Cherry Creek Reservoir. Despite being surrounded by major highways and interstates, this campground is a nice, quiet place to set up camp. It’s a very busy campground even in late September, so I can imagine it’s a campground you would want to reserve in advance if you plan on being here in the early summer months.
Cherry Creek State Park: Fees and Campsites
This campground has about 100 campsites that will accommodate RVs up to 80′ in length. Campsites are fully paved and have full hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. Some sites are pull-through while others are back-in. Nightly rates are around $30/night for a 6 person occupancy.
Campsites are well spaced out, have lots of shade trees, and there are plenty of green areas for gatherings and for the kids to play. This is a picture of campsite #148 in the Buffalo Loop where we are staying.
For those that rely on cell/internet to work, we are having no trouble getting signal. Both AT&T and Verizon signals are strong.
Cherry Creek State Park: Campground Facilities
This campground has 4 comfort stations with restrooms. Three of the four locations have showers, and the main comfort station also houses the laundry facilities. All of the comfort stations here seem to be well kept and very clean.
The laundry room is fairly large and equipped with 4 washers, 4 dryers, and a central table for folding laundry. Washing machines are $1.75 per load and dryers are $1.25 per load. If you happen to forget soap or fabric softener, they do have a vending machine where you can purchase these items.
The showers are located in the same area of the comfort station as the restrooms. Each shower stall has a shower area and a dressing area with a bench. There are plenty of hooks in the dressing area to keep clothes up off of the floor. With full hookups, I have not used these showers so I can’t comment on the water pressure or temperature. It does cost to use the showers…50 cents for 3 minutes and up to $1.25 for 7 minutes. If all you have are dollar bills, there’s also a change machine next to the showers for your convenience.
Cherry Creek State Park: Things To Do
There are so many things to do here that we aren’t going to get a chance to experience them all. From bicycling to water skiing, there is something for everyone at this state park.
One of the things we have noticed while here is how busy this place gets with cyclers. I think Colorado is big into cycling anyway, but it seems that every evening after work hours you can see people riding their bicycles everywhere. I have to say we enjoyed the recent bicycle ride we took.
Throughout this state park, there are 12 miles of both paved and non-paved trails. These trails can be used for biking, hiking, and/or horseback riding. While we won’t have time to hike this visit, we have enjoyed using the trails on our bicycle rides. We look forward to coming back for the hiking.
At Cherry Creek Reservoir, you have many water activities to pick from such as swimming, boating, jet skiing, fishing, sailing, and water skiing. In the winter, you can go ice fishing. There’s also a nice little playground for the kids near the reservior.
This state park has a long list of other activities that are available throughout the year. If you are camping during the winter months, there are activities such as snow tubing, ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing.
There’s also an amphitheater near the main comfort station and ranger station where educational classes are held throughout the year.
No matter what time of year you go, there are obviously plenty of activities for everyone. Should you want to head out of the campground, it’s just a short drive into Denver where there are thousands of other activities to take advantage of while staying in the area.
Cherry Creek State Park is an amazing place to visit. We wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again in the future, and will most likely be booking this location again for a trip next summer.
Do you have a favorite campground or boondocking spot in Colorado? Reply down below and let us know. We will be visiting Colorado next summer and would love to check out some of your recommendations!