Description - This park's close proximity to Denver and numerous activities make it a special place to visit. The park is popular for its relaxed environment and beautiful views of the nearby foothills. Come out to this delightful retreat for great camping, boating and fishing.
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Chatfield State Park
- Chatfield's unique opportunities for resource education, diverse ecosystems, expansive trail system coupled with boating in a beautiful setting make the park special for all recreational users. Chatfield State Recreation Area is one of several parks located a few miles outside of metro Denver.
This site boasts a 1,550 acre reservoir that supports every type of water-related activity except for surfing. Chatfield also encompasses a 27 acre nature preserve, which hosts nesting sights for a multitude of bird species. Great blue herons nest at Chatfield from March through September in the heronry on the south side of the park. Campgrounds, marinas and riding stables make this an attractive place for Denverites to spend their summer weekends. The Denver Greenway Trail begins at Chatfield and follows the South Platte River north through the city.
Recreation - Chatfield is one of the most complete parks in Colorado, including camping, a full-service livery, miles of hiking and biking trails, a popular lake, the Chatfield marina and one of the most popular hot-air balloon launch areas on the Front Range.
Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months, snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.
Access to Chatfield is from Denver south on Wadsworth Boulevard to Colorado Highway 121 south, then east into the Deer Creek entrance. Alternate access is south on Santa Fe Boulevard to Titan Road, then north to the Plum Creek entrance. The park is only eight mils south of the metro area on the South Platte River. It is surrounded on the western and southern sides by the Pike National Forest.