Cherry Creek State Park
|Cherry Creek State Park|
|Location||Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA|
|Nearest city||Aurora, CO|
|Area||3,346 acres (13.54 km2)|
|Governing body||Colorado State Parks|
Cherry Creek State Park is a state park in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The park consists of a natural prairie environment with an 880-acre (3.6 km2) 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 (19 km) of paved roads and 35 miles (56 km) of multi-use trails 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, white-tailed deer, and scampering black-tailed prairie dogs.