Things To Do
Chatfield State Park, 15 miles southwest of Denver, surrounds 1,150-acre Chatfield Reservoir. Floods along the South Platte River, including a devastating one in 1965, led the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to build a massive dam and lake. Over 1.6-million folks now visit the 3,894-acre park annually, taking advantage of lots of recreational opportunities. Fishing is a popular pastime, as well as hiking and bicycling on 26 miles of trails, wildlife observation at the Audubon Nature Center, camping at 197 sites in four campgrounds, boating and water skiing, flying model airplanes from a paved runway, lifting off in a balloon from a launch pad, and letting dogs romp on 70 acres of unleashed fun. Chatfield truly offers something to do for everyone.
State Park Area
Recommended season(s): Year-round
—Stewart M. Green