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Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora

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Cherry Creek State Park is a state park in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The park consists of a natural prairie environment with an 880acre 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 12mi of paved roads and 35mi 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.WildlifeMore 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.HistoryOn 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.
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  • We chose the park for a long morning walk and found parking nearby that connected to the trails in the park itself. The trails are wide and paved in most cases and shared with bicycles. The trail alon...  more »
  • Parking price is a little steep but worth it for the view! Very cool place to see especially if you're from out of state. Boats and jet skis can go right up to the beach and the reservoir is just so b...  more »
  • I ride my bicycle here often. A great park with some wildlife (rarely seen, but there). The fishing is very hit and miss but you can land some good sized fish here. The bike paths are wonderful. Very ...  more »