Cherry Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide


Aurora, CO is home to beautiful Cherry Creek State Park, which is just 40 minutes southeast of downtown Denver. This 4,000-acre park is centered around the 880-acre Cherry Creek Reservoir, which is an excellent place to fish, boat, swim, water ski, and more. On land, visitors can hike, ride, bike, bird watch, and even fly model airplanes.

Cherry Creek Reservoir was formed by the construction of the Cherry Lake Dam, which was completed in the 1950s. The dam provides the Denver metropolitan area with protection from flooding caused by heavy rains and excess snowmelt, but it also forms an environment that’s ideal for recreation. Other facilities in this complex that provide great places to play and relax include Suhaka Field, 12 Mile Stables, and the Family Shooting Center.

Nearby Cities:

  • Denver, CO

  • Fort Collins, CO

  • Boulder, CO

  • Colorado Springs, CO

National Park Sample Image
Spring 38-60 F
Summer 58-84 F
Fall 42-65 F
Winter 22-40 F
National Park Sample Image
Trip Planner
Use our FREE RV trip planner to begin customizing the perfect RV trip. Continue
National Park Sample Image

RV Resorts & Campsites in Cherry Creek State Park

Campground Accommodations

Cherry Creek State Park Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 80 feet

  • Other amenities: full hookups, dump station, laundry facilities, shower facilities

Flying Saucer RV Park

Flying Saucer RV Park is urban camping - close to the freeway and 10 minutes from downtown Denver. The park is along Bear Creek, with riverside spots for guests. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: riverside spots, showers, laundry

Dakota Ridge RV Park

In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Dakota Ridge RV Park is close to Golden with its shops, restaurants, and the famous Coors brewery. The campground is also near a river where people flock during the summer to tube, swim, and paddle. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: showers, laundry​​, pool, hot tub, clubhouse

RV Rentals Near Cherry Creek State Park

Nearby RV Rentals


What to Do at
Cherry Creek State Park

The main attraction at Cherry Creek State Park is Cherry Creek Reservoir, which is an excellent place to boat, fish, swim, water ski, paddleboard, and more. Multiple multi-use and hiking trails provide plenty of options for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. If you have a model airplane and are a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, you can fly your gas or electric aircraft at Suhaka Field. When you visit during the cold season, you can participate in winter camping, snow-tubing, sledding, ice skating, and ice fishing. Other activities you can do here include picnicking, sailing, birding, shooting, camping, and playing volleyball.

Inside Cherry Creek State Park

There’s plenty to do as you explore the mountains and forests at Cherry Creek State Park. There are activities for any time of year - swimming and boating in summer, and ice fishing and snowshoeing in winter. Here are some of the activities you can do inside the park:

Biking: With 12 miles of paved trails and 35 total miles of trail, there are plenty of places to bike around the park! Most of the terrain is flat, so it’s a great place for a family ride. Birding

Birding: Watch for bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and songbirds as well as water-loving birds who make their home around the reservoir. Bring binoculars or a telephoto lens to capture the birds in their habitats. 

Boating: There are public boat launches, and motorized boats are allowed on the reservoir. Canoe or kayak...or take a boat out for fishing, waterskiing, or just a day on the water. 

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing: The same trails you hike in summer are available for skiing and snowshoeing in winter when conditions allow. 

Horseback riding: The 12 Mile Stables at Cherry Creek offer trail rides, day camps, riding lessons, and hay rides. 

Fishing Fishing

Both Cherry Creek Reservoir and Cherry Creek itself are great places to drop a line if you have a valid Colorado fishing license. Whether you fish from your boat or on the shore, you’ll have the chance to catch trout, bass, bluegill, and more.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

Bird watching is a popular activity here thanks to the presence of bald eagles, harriers, hawks, and many types of shore birds. If you stop by the park office, you can pick up a list of birds that you can typically find in the park and look at a log of recently spotted birds.

Hiking Hiking

You’ll be able to hike through marshes, grasslands, cottonwoods, and more on the park’s 12 miles of trails. One of the park’s most popular trails is Cherry Creek Trail, which is a paved path that’s 4.75 miles long and takes hikers around the reservoir.


Since Cherry Creek Reservoir is 880 acres large, it has plenty of room for boating. Powerboats, sailboats, canoes, jet skis, and more are welcome. If you don’t have a boat of your own with you, you can rent one from the Pelican Bay Marina.

Swimming Swimming

During the summer, you can swim at a designated swim beach on Cherry Creek Reservoir. Please note that no lifeguards are on duty, so swim at your own risk.


More than 35 miles of multi-use trails are open to bikers; some of these trails must be shared with hikers and horseback riders as well. Skill levels of the trails range from beginner to advanced.

National Park Sample Image

How to Get to
Cherry Creek State Park

If you’re coming from the downtown Denver area, get on Interstate 25 and travel a dozen minutes until you reach Exit 200. Take Exit 200 onto Interstate 225 briefly before turning right onto DTC Boulevard. Turn Left onto East Bellevue Avenue, which will soon take you to the park’s entrance.

If you’re traveling north from Colorado Springs, drive north on Interstate 25 for 50 minutes before getting off on Exit 198. Drive on East Orchard Road for about five minutes before turning left onto Cherry Creek Drive, which will take you to the entrance of the park.

Entering Cherry Creek State Park

Park for $11 per day per vehicle or purchase an annual pass for $83. Seniors age 64 and over can get an annual pass for $73. Additional fees apply for the dog off-leash area, camping, and the amphitheater.

Cherry Creek State Park Per Vehicle : $11.0

When you visit this stunning state park that features lovely views of the Rocky Mountains in the background, you’ll understand why Cherry Creek State Park bills itself as "Denver’s natural and spacious backyard playground." Water sports, trail-centered recreational activities, and more are popular at this lovely Colorado state park.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cherry Creek State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Cherry Creek State Park?

The best time to visit Cherry Creek State Park is in the summer, especially if you want to spend time on or in the water. Even if you choose to come during the winter, you’ll have the chance to engage in winter recreation activities like ice fishing, snowshoeing, and sledding.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Cherry Creek State Park?

More than 40 species of mammals call this state park home. Be on the lookout for coyotes, mule deer, beavers, rabbits, muskrats, white-tailed deer, and more when you visit.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Cherry Creek State Park?

You’ll have the option to camp at a deluxe full-hookup site when you camp at this state park. Pull-through and back-in RV sites are both available.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Cherry Creek State Park and what is the cost?

Since all Colorado state park campgrounds require reservations, you need to reserve your spot at Cherry Creek State Park Campground. You can make your reservations online or by phone. The price of a full-hookup campsite is $41, while the price of a parking spot is $11; basic campsites cost $28.

Are pets allowed at Cherry Creek State Park?

Cherry Creek State Park allows pets to come to the park as long as they are properly supervised and leashed. You can take your dog to the off-leash area for some quality playtime for a fee of $3.