It's likely that pups in Aurora consider themselves the luckiest dogs around, for there's a hidden treasure inside the Cherry Creek State Park just for them. This large state park houses an off leash area spanning 107 acres with tons of outdoor adventure to be had by canines of all sizes. Near the Southern area in the southeastern corner of the park, you'll find this fully fenced in space where your pup can run free!
The Cherry Creek State Park Dog Off Leash Area is fully fenced, and features a lot of different terrain to explore with your dog. Here you'll find short grass prairie and wetlands with trails that weave through. Best of all, a portion of Cherry Creek runs through the western edge of the off leash area, and welcomes your dog to get a splash in!
This area has been kept undeveloped and wild, so you may encounter native wildlife such as coyotes, prairie rattlesnakes and bull snakes. Be sure to stay close to your dog and keep them a safe distance from these animals. The park recommends that you stay on the trails for this reason. Cyclists are also allowed to ride these trails, so be aware.
To access this large pupperdise, you'll need to pick up a DOLA (Dog Off Leash Area) Daily or Annual Pass. The daily pass for $3 will allow you to bring a maximum of three dogs to this off leash area, while the annual pass for $25 grants entry for a year. You can get a DOLA pass at the entry station for the park, the park office, or at the self-serve stations. In addition to a pass for the dog area, you'll also need to pay for entry into Cherry Creek State Park which ranges from a $10 day pass to multiple annual passes.
This large off leash area isn't stocked with any amenities, and as such, you'll need to bring the essentials for a safe adventure. Always have drinking water to share with your thirsty pup. The park also requires that you have a leash on hand, as well as clean-up bags, and be sure to pick up anything your pup lays down. Your dog should also be fully vaccinated and licensed. It is prohibited to dig holes in this area, so discourage your pup from doing so. If you have a water dog on your hands, you may want to throw a towel in the car for a quick wipe down.
For a unique outdoor experience your pup won't soon furget, head to the Cherry Creek State Park Dog Off Leash Area today!