Cherry Creek State Park

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Cherry Creek State Park
Map showing the location of Cherry Creek State Park
Map showing the location of Cherry Creek State Park
LocationArapahoe County, Colorado, USA
Nearest cityAurora, CO
Coordinates39°37′50″N 104°50′45″W / 39.63056°N 104.84583°W / 39.63056; -104.84583Coordinates: 39°37′50″N 104°50′45″W / 39.63056°N 104.84583°W / 39.63056; -104.84583
Area3,346 acres (13.54 km2)
Established1959
Governing bodyColorado Parks and Wildlife
Cherry Creek Dam and reservoir. View is to the south.
Dam wall
Wildlife in state park

Cherry Creek State Park is a state park in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The park consists of a natural prairie and wetland 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.[1] 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.[2] There is dock where people can store their boats during the Summer. People can also rent jet skis, paddle boards and kayaks for the day. There is a new updated boat house that has concerts during the summer, serves food and has a bar. The boat house overlooks the water.

Wildlife[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cherry Creek Marina and Yacht Club".
  2. ^ "Cherry Creek State Park". Archived from the original on 2009-09-24.
  3. ^ "World Youth Day memorial signs in need of repair". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27.

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