Get Outdoors Closer to Denver: Chatfield State Park


A hop, skip, and a jump from downtown Denver lies Chatfield State Park situated in Littleton. The massiveness and diversity of land in this park allows for a ton of recreation that we often overlook due to its close proximity to Denver.

chatfield state park

Chatfield State Park is located about 30 minutes away from Downtown Denver, making it super accessible for all of us city dwellers.

Often times we think getting outdoors in beautiful landscape takes a longer drive along one of our crowded highways. Chatfield provides a long list of activities that are family-friendly, getting you moving outdoors in some of the best scenery Colorado has to offer.

pizza float

Floating on the pizza float (Target – less than $20 bucks) or another float, kayaking ($60 on Amazon), and paddle boarding make Chatfield so attractive during the blazing summer.

Hiking, boating, swimming, bike-riding, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, an off-leash dog park, and more, puts Chatfield on our map as an easy destination to do the things we love outdoors. It’s open year-round, expanding the list of ways to enjoy.

floaties and kayaks

We don’t love the water at all. Obviously. Kari, Jeff, and Steve enjoying an afternoon on the water on the 4th of July.

Being water babies from Western Michigan, we appreciate Chatfield for the opportunity to get on the water with our floaties, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks. The fact that the water is swimmable is about the biggest bonus ever.


Cruising on a borrowed blow-up SUP.

Quick Chatfield Facts:
Cost of admission: $8/day, or $70 annual State Park Car Pass. We opted for the State Park Pass so that we could try out nearby Roxborough Park, and others while camping within the state.
Location: 11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton, CO 80125
Hours: 5 am – 10 pm
Camp Sites: 197, including tent camping and RV spots
Booze Rules: Must be 3.2% and in cans. Take that as you will.

For more information on Chatfield, visit Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s page here.