I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s almost the end of July. This summer is whizzing by. Although we haven’t had any eventful excursions while hanging around the Denver, Colorado area this year, we have enjoyed our stay immensely.
We found ourselves staying at three different and equally beautiful campgrounds this summer. Our first stop was Chatfield State Park which I wrote about in my last post. We then moved a little north to Bear Creek Lake Park. I discovered this park last summer when my daughter took me stand up paddle boarding for my birthday. You can read about the SUP experience along with a few other places we explored in and around Denver by clicking here.
The campground at Bear Creek Lake Park is small, sits in an open meadow, and offers electric only hook-ups.
This campground is the perfect place to stay while taking in a concert at the fabulous Red Rocks Amphitheater. Don’t have concert tickets? That’s ok because Red Rocks is an awesome place to hike and get in a serious workout. It’s always open and free to the public, that is when a concert isn’t in session. We never pass up an opportunity to hike at Red Rocks or get together with fellow bloggers’s. Thanks ML for your photo contributions.
Bear Creek Lake Park has three small lakes to enjoy. Bear Creek Lake itself is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Soda Lake offers a beach along with the ability to rent stand up paddle boards and kayaks. There’s a third small
pond lake for rental water skiing. The hiking/biking trails throughout the park are wonderful and there’s also an equestrian center offering trail rides. Bear Creek Lake Park was a great spot to call ‘home’ for a week.
Now before we move onto our third campground, allow me to share a fun little stop. Between our stay at Chatfield State Park and Bear Creek Lake Park, hubby and I found ourselves traveling SH-470 routinely (a highway on the far southwest suburbs of Denver). As we’d pass this architecturally interesting and large building with huge neon lettering saying Tipsy’s, I knew we had to stop and check it out. And check it out we did.
Upon entertaining this ‘adult store’ (seriously, did you think I meant some other kind of adult store?), hubby and I immediately went in different directions. I went to the champagne aisle while Al checked out all the beer. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a liquor store that had a piano, a chess set, putting green, and huge fireplace.
A little strolling around Tipsy’s Liquor World and a few purchases later, our liquor cabinet in the RV has been restocked…. and then some. With that accomplished it was time to move camp.
Our next stop was Cherry Creek State Park. This park is a favorite with many and I can see why. The reservoir is a serious draw for both boaters and anglers along with a marina for watercraft rentals. Then there’s the extensive trail system, a wetlands area for birding, a model plan airfield, and a clay target shooting range. And finally, a great location convenient to everything including downtown Denver and the airport.
The campground is large and offers full hook-ups for RV’s as well as non hook-ups for tents. Most of the campsites are shaded with large, mature trees and the grounds are beautifully maintained.
Of course, my favorite is always the wildlife. We had deer, turkey’s, and geese stroll through the campground regularly. Near the marina, I spotted cormorants, egrets, pelicans and sea gulls. On the opposite side of the lake is the swim beach where I stumbled upon some napping geese.
We enjoyed our stay at Cherry Creek State Park so much that we already booked a two-week stay here in September. Tonight we’ll join our daughter for dinner and in the morning we hit the road. Where to next? Here’s a clue about where we’re heading……