in Aurora, CO
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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.
Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Cherry Creek State Park
4201 S Parker Rd
Aurora, CO 80014 Directions
There's nothing quite like enjoying an adventure in the great outdoors, and when you're in Aurora, the best place to have that experience is at Cherry Creek State Park. There are group camping sites available, or just enough space for you and the family. Either way, camping fees apply and they do not include the price of a park pass. The site gets rave reviews for being a safe, quiet area with lots of great amenities and attractions that include walking paths, horse stables, restrooms, jet ski rentals and even firewood for your campsite.
Grandview Dog Park
17500 Quincy Ave
Aurora, CO 80015 Directions
If dogs are man's best friend, your pet will appreciate that friendship even more when you take him for some time outdoors at Grandview Dog Park. It's a great way for your dog to get some fresh air and exercise at this 5-acre park that offers plenty of "off-leash" fun. There is even a separate section for smaller dogs, a fun agility course and lots of shady areas for you to rest for awhile with your four-legged friend.
Great Plains Park
20100 E Jewell Ave
Aurora, CO 80012 Directions
Aurora's Great Plains Park is great in so many ways. Visitors can enjoy several outdoor activities like splashing around in the water feature area, watching the kids play on the jungle-gym or running around and playing a game of catch on the spacious open fields. The park gets high marks from many visitors who site its cleanliness and family-friendly atmosphere. It is also a favorite of nature lovers, as you can enjoy a picnic lunch or just sprawl out on a blanket on the grass with your favorite book and take in some of that Colorado sunshine.
High Line Canal
The High Line Canal trail is rather lengthy at 67 miles, but it offers an incredible variety of different scenery that will make your hike even more invigorating. This trek is part of a much larger trail system owned and operated by Denver Water. Access to the recreation trail can be found at Expo Park, Highline Park, Aurora Municipal Center, DeLaney Farm, and Norfolk Glen Park. Runners and walkers beware, as the trail allows horses in the High Line Canal area.
Morrison Nature Center
16002 E Smith Rd
Aurora, CO 80010 Directions
Nature lovers and fans of the great outdoors absolutely love the Morrison Nature Center, and for plenty of good reasons! This venue is the perfect avenue by which you can encounter some of Aurora's natural beauty. The Morrison Nature Center is located on Star K Ranch, which is over 200 acres and is part of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. This Greenway is a 14-mile trail system that connects Aurora to Denver and Commerce City, and that long stretch of nature offers plenty of excellent opportunities to see some of the area's most amazing wildlife in its natural habitat.
Sand Creek Regional Greenway
7350 E 29th Ave
Denver, CO 80238 Directions
Aurora's Sand Creek Regional Greenway prides itself as offering wilderness in the city. That claim is definitely true, as the 14-mile trail connects the High Line Canal in Aurora to the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through Denver as well as the newly formed Stapleton community. The trail is a favorite of walkers, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, nature lovers, horseback riders, and dog lovers who are highly encouraged to have their pets on a leash when they visit.
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