Sunday, January 1, 2006
Chatfield State Park
Chatfield State Park is a wonderful recreation area just southwest of Denver. The park consists of a large reservoir feed by the South Platte River as it winds through Waterton Canyon and empties onto the plains. While the reservoir itself is utilized mostly by boaters and picnics, the park also has an extensive system of paved walking and biking trails. The park's hiking trails however, are often overlooked. The park has two natural areas with trails; the Plum Creek Area to the east, and the Audubon Discover Center area to the south. Both areas provide easy hiking across open prairie, through dense cottonwood forests, and along winding rivers. It's easy to forget that you are so close to Denver when you're wandering the forests of Chatfield.