Denver's Parks & Recreation Department - 303-964-2500 www.denvergov.org
Since the 1800's, this department has been enhancing and developing new parks and recreation facilities in the Denver area in order to create a sense of comfort and familiarity among its residents.
Denver's Recreation Division -303-964-2496
This division oversees 29 recreation & senior centers in the Denver area, which offer many recreational activities including fitness, team sports, and arts & crafts. For more information go to "Parks and Recreation: Recreation" at www.denvergov.org. For more information on othercity parks and recreation divisions, go to the city of your interest on this web site.
Denver's Parks Division - 303-964-2580
Denver has more than 200 parks within park districts. Following is a listing of the 10 most popular parks. For further information on these or all other Denver parks, go towww.denvergov.org.
City Park - (Colorado Blvd. & 17th Street) 303-331-4113
There is something for everyone at this 314-acre park: a public golf course, tennis courts, flower gardens, statuaries and two lakes as well as home to the Denver Zoo, Museum of Natural History, the IMAX theater and Gates Planetarium.
Washington Park - (Downing St. & Virginia Ave., just north of I-25) 303-698-4930
Named for its replicas of George Washington's Mt. Vernon flower gardens, this park has jogging and biking trails, tennis courts, soccer fields, picnicking facilities, a recreation center with indoor pool and two lakes for fishing.
Cook Park - (S. Monaco Pkwy. & E. Mexico Ave.)
This park offers an outdoor pool, soccer field, softball field, rugby field, basketball court, playground, picnic shelter, recreation center and permanent restroom facility.
Civic Center Park - (Broadway & Colfax)
This park, located in the heart of downtown Denver, is flanked on the east by the State Capitol and on the west by the Courthouse. On the north end is a Greek Theater where "Theater in the Park," a free event open to the public, occurs every June. Other yearly special events include Cinco de Mayo, the Taste of Colorado, and Capital Hill People's Fair.
Bible Park - (Yale Ave. at Pontiac St.)
This 70-acre park features 4 tennis courts, 4 football fields, 4 softball fields, basketball court, playground, several picnic sites, restrooms and numerous walking trails and paths. The Cherry Creek Trail and High Line Canal Trail border it.
Ruby Hill Park - (S. Platte River Dr. & W. Florida Ave.)
This park offers year-round activities including snow sledding, softball, baseball, outdoor swimming, kite flying, picnicking, and a playground designed for children with disabilities. Visitors will enjoy viewing Denver from the park's high bluff, used years ago by Native Americans as a lookout point.
Berkeley Park - (Tennyson St. & W. 46th Ave.)
This park features fishing, indoor/outdoor pool, recreation center, basketball court, biking/pedestrian pathway, lighted tennis courts, softball field, soccer field, sheltered picnic areas, playground and library.
Eisenhower Park - (S. Colorado Blvd. & E. Dartmouth Ave.)
This 22-acre park offers three softball fields, two football fields, one soccer field, four tennis courts, horseshoe pits, picnic sites, and the Eisenhower Recreation Center. Restrooms are provided in the summer months.
Garland Park - (S. Monaco Pkwy. & Cherry Creek Dr. N.)
Fishing at Lollipop Lake, lighted baseball and softball fields, a football field, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, soccer fields, a lighted tennis court, playgrounds and picnic sites are all offerings at this park.
Garfield Lake Park - (S. Lowell Blvd. & W. Mississippi Ave.)
An outdoor pool, a baseball field, a softball field, a fitness course, a basketball court, tennis courts and fishing are all features of this park.
Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest - Visitors can explore wilderness areas, scenic byways and a recreation area in this 1.8 million-acre forest in the Rocky Mountains.
Canyon Lakes Ranger District - (1311 S. College, Ft. Collins 80524) 970-498-2770
Numerous trails may be used of biking, hiking, off-highway vehicle use and horseback riding. This district also offers 4 separate wilderness areas and 23 established campgrounds as well as opportunities for dispersed camping.
Boulder Ranger District - (2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder 80301) 303-541-2500
This district offers many outdoor opportunities including scenic drives, camping, off-highway adventures, fishing, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, snow-mobiling, snow-shoeing and cross country skiing. www.fs.fed.us
Pawnee National Grassland - (660 "O" Street, Greeley 80631) 970-353-5004
This 193,060-acre grassland consists of two units situated 35 miles east of Ft. Collins and 25 miles northeast of Greeley. Guests of the Pawnee (an internationally known birding area) not only enjoy observing wildlife, but also enjoy camping, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and star gazing amidst the beautiful serenity of the prairie land. www.fs.fed.us
Aurora Reservoir - (2 miles east of Gun Club Rd. on Quincy Ave.) 303-690-1286
Since no gas motors are allowed in the reservoir, the 820 acres of water are excellent for sailing, windsurfing, fishing and swimming. Sun-lovers enjoy the beach while cyclists and hikers enjoy the 8-mile trail that circles the reservoir. The 2,000-acre park is open year-round from dawn to dusk.
Cherry Creek State Park - (I-225 & Parker Rd. Area) 303-690-1166
This 880-acre reservoir offers sailing, water skiing, fishing and swimming. At the surrounding 3900-acre park there are beaches, boat rentals, boat ramps, a marina, picnic shelters, campsites, a shooting range, a model airplane field, horseback riding and perhaps its most popular offering: plenty of hiking/biking trails.
Chatfield State Park - (South of C-470 & Wadsworth) 303-791-7275
This 5,600-acre park with reservoir features a wide range of outdoor activities including sailing water skiing, fishing, swimming, picnicking, camping and horseback riding.www.parks.state.co.us
Grand Lake - (Westernmost entrance to Rocky Mtn. National Park) 970-627-8328
Activities to visitors at the largest natural lake in Colorado include alpine skiing, snow-mobiling, camping, rafting, mountain biking, boating, water-skiing, fishing, horseback riding and hiking.
Platte River Greenway - Extending along the Platte River between the North and South Denver city limits through Arapahoe County (the Arapahoe County Greenway), Denver County (the Platte River Greenway), and into Adams County (the Adams County Greenway), this beautiful route offers the opportunity to take a relaxing bike ride, enjoy a picnic, or view wildlife. Trails also lead to Cherry Creek Reservoir and Chatfield Reservoir. In the South area are Ruby Hill, Frontier and Overland Parks.Boat ramps are at various points along the river.
Poudre River Canyon - (Hwy. 34 & I-25, Loveland) 970-667-5728 or 800-258-1278
This river, designated by the state of Colorado as a "Wild & Scenic River" is about 18 miles northwest of Loveland and carves its way along a 60 mile journey form the Continental Divide to the plains beyond Ft. Collins.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater - (Morrison) 303-640-2637
This 600-acre park, known for its stunning red rock formations, is open to hikers and sightseers from May to September. The outdoor amphitheater nestled between red sandstone rocks (some 440 feet high) hosts a variety of concerts for all ages.www.redrocksonline.com
Rocky Mountain National Park - (Estes Park) 970-586-1206
Camping Reservations: 800-365-2267 www.reservations.nps.gov
This park, established in 1915, encompasses 416 square miles. Trail Ridge Road travels from Estes Park across the Continental Divide to Grand Lake. The high point on the road is 12,183'. The park, a safe haven for many forms of wildlife, also attracts more than 3 million human guests each year. The 265,769 acres contain 178 mountain peaks, 590 campsites, 346 miles of trails and over 140 lakes. Due to the high elevation, visitors should take time to acclimatize. Trail Ridge Road is closed from late Fall to Memorial Day. www.nps.gov
Roosevelt National Forest - (Ranger Station: 161 2nd St., Estes Park) 970-498-1100
This forest, originally named Medicine Bow National Forest in 1902, was renamed by President Hoover in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt's enduring conservation efforts.
Roxborough State Park - 303-973-3959
The first state park in Colorado to be designated a National Natural Landmark and a Colorado Natural Area features a variance of hiking trails. Pets are not allowed in the park. www.parks.state.co.us
Sloan Lake Park - (North of Colfax Ave. at Lowell Blvd. In West Denver)
Boaters, Water-skiers, fishers and walkers enjoy this park with its pretty 3-mile trail that borders the lake. Picnic, tennis and play areas are also available. www.denver.gov