Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sand Creek Park
City of Aurora Parks
Date Hiked: January 28, 2014
Distance: 1 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Elevation Max: 5,332ft
Managing Agency: Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Dept.
Sand Creek Park Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: Exit I-70 at Peoria and head south on Peoria. Turn east on Fitzsimmons Pkwy and the trailhead and parking lot will be on your left.
This small, pleasant open space park has special meaning for me. It is roughly 1 mi from Children's Hospital and when my little guy spent 2 weeks there having major surgery, this park was a nice way to get outside and breathe.
The park has a mix of paved and soft surface trails that parallel and cross Sand Creek. It is part of the larger Sand Creek Greenway, recently designated as a National Recreation Trail. There are numerous ponds, groves of cottonwoods, and multiple creek crossings. Considering it is surrounded by development, busy streets, and I70, the park offers an oasis and a peaceful retreat from the surrounding stress.