Here are a few places to visit to get your toes wet and start on your summer tan:
Located in Lakewood, Bear Creek offers many activities for working up a sweat before or after hitting the sand and waves. The beach at Big Soda Lake features a playground and sand volleyball courts, as well as swimming lanes for anyone looking to join the Polar Bear club. Park fees are $7 per car. For more information, call (303) 987-7000 or visit the park’s website.
Tried, true and close to the city, Chatfield offers a variety of activities all within a short drive from Denver. The reservoir is large enough to accommodate boaters, swimmers and fishing enthusiasts for a fee of $8 per vehicle. If lounging on the beach isn’t for you, there are trails for hiking and biking trails looping around the park. For more information, call (303) 791-7275, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the park’s website.
The Aurora reservoir features swimming, fishing and non-motorized boating, as well as sheltered pavilions for picnics and get-togethers. The whole family can enjoy the AWQUA Lounge, where learn about how the journey water takes to get into our pipes. A day pass will run you $10 per vehicle, so pile in and make the most of this nearby attraction. Call (303)326-8425 for more information, or go to the website.
Just two hours south of Denver, Lake Pueblo State Park will reward you for your travel time. The park features a campground if you want to make a weekend out of it. The reservoir allows for boats of all kinds and jet skis, and the Rock Canyone Beach is great for those who want to get wet or just work on their tan. Kayaks and paddleboards are also permitted, and rentals are available right on the beach. The fee is $7 per car. Call (719) 561-9320, e-mail or check out their website.
This “oasis of the plains” is about 80 miles northeast of Denver near the town of Orchard. The lake, when full, is 2,700 square acres. You’ll have plenty of room for all water activities including sailboarding, jet skiing, water skiing, boating and swimming. Extend your stay at one of the campsites for more quality time near the lake. For more information, contact the park at (970) 645-2551 or check out their website.
It may still be a touch chilly, but it’s never too early to hit up some Colorado beaches on a nice sunny day. Don’t forget the sunscreen!