I visit this open space at least a couple of times a month. It's pretty neat to see what's going on down in the wetlands area, and there's a trail that branches off of the sand creek trail and leads down to the creek itself. My kids love exploring aling the creek.
I am new to town and didn't realize it was a state park and has a $9 entrance fee. I would have gone somewhere else if I knew that BUT it is a fun place to go. Lots of bikers, swimmers (yes, in the lake), fishers, boaters, runners. I was looking for a hike but didn't know where a trail was so we just got out and walked around. There is sand all around the resivor so it's like a mini beach. We walked on that for a while till we eventually did find a trail (there are paved trails and gravel trails) that lead through some trees that opened up into a prairie. I was looking for something that was similar to mountains and I accept what I found. I would give this place 4 stars but I think a $9 day pass is too pricey.
Fun area to walk around right in the middle of the city. For as much traffic that surrounds the park, it is very quiet. I prefer the wetland trail right off the main road as it's more natural and filled with wildlife. I've seen bobcats, foxes, coyotes, birds and deer here.
Sam M. on Sand Creek Greenway Trail
Part of my Stapleton--Broomfield bike commute. A few rough spots (I.e., bumpy, unpaved, homeless-inhabited) between Westerly Creek Park and Quebec St., but a great connector to the South Platte Trail and some well-maintained, senic paths sneaking along Sand Creek and I-270.
I find this to be a great trail for those who want to keep away from traffic, yet have a good workout. When I wish to walk up to ten miles, all I do is walk to the start from 9 mile sration, and go up to Yale/ Chamders, then back down to the bottom. Each time is about 3 miles when done both ways. I'll do this until it's been done 3 times each way. This keeps me away from traffic, and in the middle section, all one hears is the animals and occasionally a siren or two. But for me, it gives the workout I seek, and the miles I need. in the morning and evening, deer and occasionally a coyote is visible. I have only walked it so far, but bikes are very common. Just watch out for the high population of prairie dog's. they're very common. Hawks and other birds are also very popular during the walk.
Donna T. on Cherry Creek Reservoir Loop Trail
Great trail. Watch out for cyclist!
Turn in (off Smith Road) at the Morrison Nature Center, follow the road and park by what looks like a house. It's the Nature Center and is open every day, I think, with Rangers and real rest rooms. It's a loop trail with a pond in the middle and connects to the Sand Creek Trail.