Float your boat in the lake, bicycle or hike on a trail that provides scenic views of the neighboring foothills and Platte River valley, camp, ride a horse and even fly a model airplane - all at Chatfield State Park, nestled next to the foothills southwest of Denver. Boaters of all types from water skiers to fishing enthusiasts to canoeists and sailors - enjoy Chatfield Reservoirs waters. Boat rentals, a floating restaurant and a marina are also available at Chatfield. Get Colorado boating registration and regulation information by clicking here . Campers have their choice of 197 campsites all with electrical hookups and many with full hookups (water, sewer and electric), in four campgrounds at Chatfield. All campsites are within walking distance to the lake and have picnic tables and grills. Facilities include flush toilets, hot showers, laundry, centrally located water, fire ring and a sanitary waste station. In addition to the 197 single-family campsites offered at Chatfield, there are ten reservable Group Camping sites available. Please call the Park Office at (303) 791-7275 for more information or to reserve a Group campsite.
This is a flat, easy, wide trail that follows a river. We watched a massive herd of big horn sheep walk down into the canyon to drink from the river right in front of us! We started at about 9 am and saw very few people on the trail on our way out. When we turned around to head back about two hours later we were greeted by quite a few people beginning their hike. All in all the road is wide so the high traffic wasn't a problem, and the wildlife watching was great. It's not strenuous at all. Good hike for families with young children or multiple generations.
Plan to be done before lunch time to avoid crowds on a weekend. I finished around 12pm and suddenly there were a ton of people with no trail etiquette. Lots of strollers and people walking 5 people across. I was a little uneasy with the cars on the trail. Only one cyclist called out to pass. I tried running on both sides of the road and just didn't feel safe. It could have just been a weird day for the trail. It's been unseasonably warm and people may have gotten excited. I don't plan to do this trail often if it's always like this. I didn't see any wildlife either!
Great time with the family! We have two kids ages 9 and almost 3 and they had a great time. We did some fishing, biking and saw a bunch of bighorn sheep. A great day and I will definitely be back! As others have posted: it is very sunny and not a lot of shade so do wear sunscreen and bring lots of water.
Its actually a relaxing walk once you get some separation from the hoards of families and bikers. The wildlife is abundant and the river is peaceful - and the views get better tube further in you go. For more of a challenge, link up with Roxborough or continue down the Colorado Trail a bit.