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Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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If you’re looking for a getaway to explore Colorado’s natural beauty, we have more than nine state parks an hour or less from Denver. Discover scenic mountain canyons, amazing red rock formations, and 100-mile views of the Continental Divide. Check out our group picnic areas and nature programs.

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  • Hours: Hours vary. See website for more details.
  • Miles to airport: 10
  • Miles to CCC: 10
  • Total Capacity (if applicable): 500
  • Motor Coach Parking:
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  • Activities/Tours for Leisure/Business groups:
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  • Group Activities Description: For a change of pace, take a short drive out of the city and explore Colorado’s natural beauty. In addition to unbeatable scenery, nature programs and an abundance of outdoor activities, many state parks have outdoor group picnic facilities or indoor conference rooms for rent. Discover scenic mountain canyons, amazing red rock formations, and 100-mile views of the Continental Divide. Each park has its own unique features, are open 365 days a year, and are affordable - $10-$50 for vans/buses. Step off the beaten path and enjoy must-see parks such as Roxborough, Eldorado Canyon, Golden Gate Canyon and Staunton.
  • Group Performance Description: What could be better or more memorable than an iconic Colorado outdoor venue set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains? Parks are open 365 days a year and facilities vary by park. Contact park directly and consider Cherry Creek, Chatfield, Roxborough, Staunton, Castlewood Canyon, Barr Lake, St. Vrain, Golden Gate Canyon, Eldorado Canyon. Visit our website for more information.
Accommodations
  • Facility & Décor Description: Colorado State Parks has nine parks within an hour's drive of Denver that can accommodate, amidst the natural settings of the parks, small groups indoors and larger groups outdoors. Facilities range from small, intimate overlooks perfect for a wedding to large outdoor picnic areas to conference rooms in the park office.

Meeting Facilities

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Meeting Rooms
  • Description Colorado State Parks has nine parks within an hour's drive of Denver that can accommodate, amidst the natural settings of the parks, small groups indoors and larger groups outdoors. Facilities range from small, intimate overlooks perfect for a wedding to large outdoor picnic areas to conference rooms in the park office.
  • Total Sq. Ft. 1
  • Catering Any licensed caterer
  • Type of Venue Parks & Gardens, Special Events Venue
  • Type of Event Reception, Banquet, Meeting Theatre , Meeting Classroom
  • Number of Rooms 22
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 50
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Open Space
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Barr Lake Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Boyd Lake Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 200
Castlewood Canyon Amphitheatre
  • Theater Capacity: 120
Castlewood Canyon Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 200
Castlewood Canyon Conference Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 20
Castlewood Canyon Open Space
  • Theater Capacity: 60
  • Classroom Capacity: 60
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 60
Cherry Creek Amphitheatre
  • Theater Capacity: 100
Cherry Creek Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 250
Cherry Creek Open Space
  • Theater Capacity: 250
  • Classroom Capacity: 250
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 250
Cheyenne Mountain Amphitheatre
  • Theater Capacity: 200
Cheyenne Mountain Conference Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Cheyenne Mountain Event Pavilion
  • Banquet Capacity: 500
  • Reception Capacity: 500
Crawford Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Eldorado Canyon Conference Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Banquet Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 30
Golden Gate Conference Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 24
Golden Gate Amphitheatre
  • Theater Capacity: 30
Golden Gate Open Space
  • Theater Capacity: 50
  • Classroom Capacity: 50
  • Banquet Capacity: 50
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Golden Gate Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
  • Reception Capacity: 150
Highline Lake Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
  • Reception Capacity: 150
Jackson Lake Conference Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 720
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
Jackson Lake Multipurpose Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 336
  • Theater Capacity: 24
  • Classroom Capacity: 24
Jackson Lake Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Lake Pueblo Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 110
  • Reception Capacity: 110
Lathrop Conference Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 45
Lathrop Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 50
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Lory Conference Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 25
Lory Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Lory Group Facility
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Mancos Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 50
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Mancos Amphitheatre
  • Theater Capacity: 25
Navajo Conference Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
Navajo Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 40
  • Reception Capacity: 40
North Sterling Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 200
North Sterling Amphitheatre
  • Theater Capacity: 25
Ridgway Shelter
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 250
Ridgway Conference Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
Ridgway Open Space
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Rifle Falls Amphitheatre
  • Theater Capacity: 50
Rifle Falls Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Roxborough Auditorium
  • Theater Capacity: 40
Roxborough Open Space
  • Theater Capacity: 30
  • Banquet Capacity: 20
  • Reception Capacity: 20
Sweitzer Lake Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 60
Sylvan Lake Conference Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
Trinidad Lake Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 60
Trinidad Lake Amphitheatre
  • Theater Capacity: 150
Vega Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Yampa River Conference Room
  • Theater Capacity: 50
  • Classroom Capacity: 25
Yampa River Group Picnic Area
  • Banquet Capacity: 50
  • Reception Capacity: 50

Events

Nov 19, 2017

Yoga for Kids
Nov 18, 2017

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  • Image 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO 80603
  • Image 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM
  • Image $7.00 parks pass required or annual pass

Studies prove that yoga for kids boosts focus, stress-relief, and overall happiness. Start your child with the basics in these yoga poses and sequences. We’ll also share a story Sally’s Hard Day that will teach kids how to manage negative...

Yoga for Kids <p>Studies prove that yoga for kids boosts focus, stress-relief, and overall happiness. Start your child with the basics in these yoga poses and sequences.</p> <p>We’ll also share a story Sally’s Hard Day that will teach kids how to manage negative feelings. Recommended for ages 4-9, and parents are welcome to attend too.</p> <p>Limited to 30 kids per class so RSVP at 303-659-6005. This event is free, but we accept donations to the Richard Lambert Foundation “Camp Forget Me Not”, a 2-day camp designed for children ages 8-12 who are grieving the loss of someone close to them. </p> 13401 Picadilly Rd. Brighton, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Nov 19, 2017

Birdhouse Building for Kids
Nov 25, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017

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  • Image 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO 80603
  • Image From: 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Image $7.00 parks pass required or annual pass

Make a birdhouse in preparation for Spring or as a holiday gift for a bird-loving loved one. We will talk about why put up a bird house, what else you can do after mounting the house and then talk about the house wren. Kids ages 9 13 will...

Birdhouse Building for Kids <p>Make a birdhouse in preparation for Spring or as a holiday gift for a bird-loving loved one. We will talk about why put up a bird house, what else you can do after mounting the house and then talk about the house wren.</p> <p>Kids ages 9 13 will put together a birdhouse kit to take home for decorating.</p> <p>Limit to 10 kids/10 houses. Call 303-659-6005 to RSVP</p> 13401 Picadilly Rd. Brighton, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Nov 19, 2017

Toddler Holiday Party
Dec 1, 2017

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  • Image 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO 80603
  • Image From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Image $7.00 parks pass is required or annual pass

Bring the party to the ELF-sized level! Join Ranger Michelle and her merry elves as we throw a party for toddlers ages 3-6. We will light the tree, create a holiday craft, enjoy a tasty snack and hear a story of the season. Please RSVP -...

Toddler Holiday Party <p>Bring the party to the ELF-sized level! Join Ranger Michelle and her merry elves as we throw a party for toddlers ages 3-6.</p> <p>We will light the tree, create a holiday craft, enjoy a tasty snack and hear a story of the season.</p> <p>Please RSVP - 303-659-6005. Limited to 100 kids.</p> 13401 Picadilly Rd. Brighton, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Nov 19, 2017

Immersion in Nature
Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017

  • Image Nov 19, 2017
  • Image 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO 80603
  • Image From: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Image $7.00 parks pass required or annual pass

Need some time away? Join us for a de-stressing walk in the park. This program is based upon the Japanese practice of “Shinrin-Yoku”, a premise which describes a wide range of healthful and healing benefits of “forest bathing”. Leave your...

Immersion in Nature <p>Need some time away? Join us for a de-stressing walk in the park. This program is based upon the Japanese practice of “Shinrin-Yoku”, a premise which describes a wide range of healthful and healing benefits of “forest bathing”.</p> <p>Leave your cell phone and camera in the car, even binoculars can become a distraction. We will walk quietly, examining the world around us. No RSVP required. </p> <p>Adults only: Fridays, Dec 8th @ 10 am<br />Saturdays, Nov 18th &amp; Dec 2nd @ 10 am</p> 13401 Picadilly Rd. Brighton, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Nov 19, 2017

Pedal the Perimeter
Dec 3, 2017

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  • Image 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO 80603
  • Image From: 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM
  • Image $7.00 parks pass required or annual pass

Explore Barr Lake's nearly nine mile Lake Perimeter Trail by bicycle! Sunday afternoon is a great time in the park, and wildlife abounds! Join a park volunteer for a special tour around the lake. Be sure to bring water and a helmet as well...

Pedal the Perimeter <p>Explore Barr Lake's nearly nine mile Lake Perimeter Trail by bicycle! Sunday afternoon is a great time in the park, and wildlife abounds! Join a park volunteer for a special tour around the lake. Be sure to bring water and a helmet as well as your favorite bike.</p> <p>Limited to 30 participants, so call 303-659-6005 to RSVP. This event may be cancelled or postponed due to trail and/or weather conditions. </p> 13401 Picadilly Rd. Brighton, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Nov 19, 2017

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  • Image 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO 80603
  • Image From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Image $7.00 parks pass required or annual pass

A Pajamas Party for kids of all ages! Join us for a pancake breakfast before settling in with your blanket for a viewing of The Polar Express! Wear your best pajamas and be sure there's not a hole in your robe pocket! Please call...

Kids Holiday Pajama Party <p>A Pajamas Party for kids of all ages! Join us for a pancake breakfast before settling in with your blanket for a viewing of The Polar Express!</p> <p>Wear your best pajamas and be sure there's not a hole in your robe pocket!</p> <p>Please call 303-659-6005 to RSVP for this event. Limited to 40 kids.</p> 13401 Picadilly Rd. Brighton, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Nov 19, 2017

New Year's Noon
Dec 31, 2017

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  • Image 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO 80603
  • Image From: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Image $7.00 parks pass is required or annual pass

Come revel in 2018 before the rush! Bring the family whole to our rockin’ raucous New Year’s Eve Party without having the kids miss their bedtime! There will be crafts, snacks, party favors, punch toast and a balloon drop plus a countdown...

New Year's Noon <p>Come revel in 2018 before the rush! Bring the family whole to our rockin’ raucous New Year’s Eve Party without having the kids miss their bedtime! There will be crafts, snacks, party favors, punch toast and a balloon drop plus a countdown for a noon celebration.</p> <p>Please RSVP to the Nature Center 303-659-6005 . </p> 13401 Picadilly Rd. Brighton, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

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