Cherry Creek Spillway Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Aurora, Colorado. It is within Cherry Creek State Park, Olympic Park, and Wheel Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 5,568 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 288 feet. Along the trail there are fountains, parkings, restrooms, benches, and a swimming pool.
"This 800-acre impoundment is in a state park surrounded by the suburbs of south Denver. Key Species: Walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, wiper, rainbow trout, panfish." Read more
"This popular state park that is very close to Denver offers a wide variety of trails you can use to escape from urbanity while enjoying water views with a Rocky Mountain backdrop. You can hike or pedal next to the 850-acre, scenic reservoir or enjoy trails that feature streams, wetlands, waterfowl, and other wildlife. There are 22 trails, and only two are more than 2 miles long, making the park ideal for family outings. There is a swim beach, so you can take a dip and cool off on warm days. The Smoky Hill and Cherry Creek Trails are next to the reservoir. The Pipeline, Wetland, and North and South Connector Trails are more secluded. A dog park allows off-leash dogs." Read more
"This loop run can be done either clockwise or counterclockwise; the counterclockwise direction is described here. Encircling the entire Cherry Creek Reservoir, this loop run provides runners with wonderful opportunities to see bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and great horned owls perched in the surrounding cottonwoods, as well as other waterfowl and shorebirds, along with mule deer, coyotes, and prairie species." Read more
"Creek or paddle along for a while and then join you under tall cottonwoods for a rest and a shady respite from the hot Colorado sun. The only requirement for enjoying this off-leash canine paradise is that your dog must be voice or sight trained. The off-leash area stretches for more than a mile as it runs south along Cherry Creek, which flows slowly here and has a broad, rock-free, sandy bottom. Dogs seem to know they are in heaven and behave accordingly. Owners who might be less active than their pets can sit at one of two benches strategically placed in the shade of cottonwoods. While not watching Rover, you can savor the fine vistas of the Front Range." Read more
"A wide, paved, accessible trail winds through the less-busy natural area of this popular park, offering a chance to walk, talk, and enjoy a patch of open space in the midst of suburbia.
Cherry Creek State Park is a sanctuary—for plants, animals, and people—in the midst of the Denver metro area’s urban sprawl. Travel the wide, paved Cherry Creek Trail in the park’s southern reaches, far from the busy reservoir itself, and you’ll escape the bustle of city life without traveling outside the urban boundaries. The trail is a straightforward out-and-back trek. Never leave the pavement and you won’t risk getting lost at all." Read more