Best Denver Picnic Spots

It’s springtime in Denver. Once again we find ourselves rolling out the red checked tablecloth. Where’s the best place in Denver to picnic in? I’ve already profiled some of my favorites. Now we’ll dig deeper into heart and soul of this great city for more. What’s the best way to do that? We asked some friends where they go to picnic in Denver. Here’s their recommendations.

Roxborough Park is Denver’s in town version of Garden of the Gods. This state park is located adjacent to Chatfield Reservoir, another great place for a picnic. If you have a state parks pass, admission is free. If not, the entrance fee is well worth it. Your cell phones may fade in and out here, because of the rocks but that’s OK. You didn’t want your picnic interrupted by annoying telemarketers anyway.

Confluence Park is located in what we Denverites call Lodo. That’s short for lower downtown. What makes this spot great for picnicking? Take your pick. Is it the Platte River? Is it the kayakers? Is it the bluegrass amphitheater? Maybe it’s taking a dip before or after lunch. Whatever the reason, Confluence Park will likely remain a favorite Denver picnic spot for years to come.

Bear Creek Park may ring a bigger bell as Sombrero Park. This nickname came about because of the awesome giant sombrero slide. I really have to check this one out. Might even slide down that sombrero. The other nice thing about this park is naturally, the creek that runs through it. A remodel in 2009 added climbing walls and a fossil dig spot for kids. The park is located at South Raleigh Street and West Hampden Avenue.

Head to the Boulder flatirons to picnic at the Royal Arch. A trail head begins at the arch, winds through a gulley and then into a forested area. The highlights along the trail include rock formations, a wide variety of trees and beautiful vistas. Picnics at the bluebell shelter can accommodate groups of up to fifty people.

Bluff Lake Nature Center is located in Northeast Denver. Who knew? No food is allowed in the wildlife portion of the nature center for obvious reasons. Picnic in designated areas before walking the trails. Habitats vary from wetlands to prairie. Be prepared to learn something about the wonders of mother nature. Bluff Lake Nature Center offers educational summer day camps and field trips for children as well.

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