The 880-acre Cherry Creek Reservoir is the central attraction of this popular park, which draws 1.5 million visitors each year. Located at the southeast Denver city limits (off Parker Rd. and I-225) about 12 miles from downtown, the park encompasses 4,200 acres in all. Watersports include swimming, water-skiing, boating, and fishing. There’s a nature trail, an off-leash dog area, model-airplane field with paved runways, jet-ski rental facility, and shooting areas. Twelve miles of paved bicycle paths and 12 miles of bridle trails circle the reservoir (horse rentals are available). Rangers offer guided walks by appointment, as well as evening campfire programs. In winter, there’s skating, ice fishing, and ice boating. Campsites are available and many lakeshore day-use sites have picnic tables and grills.