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Beaches Near Denver

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Seeing as Colorado isn’t on the coast, a lovely day at the beach might be the last thing you expect to have when you move to the apartments near Metro State University. Hitting up a beach near Denver, however, is a bit more feasible than you might have initially suspected. Many of those lovely parks scattered around the state have substantial lakes, and lakes, as you’ll do well to note, have shorelines. It’s here where you’ll find some of the most fantastic beaches near Denver, and while they may not be as idyllic as your stereotypical West Coast beach, they’re plenty sufficient for spending a summer day in the mountainous state that is Colorado.

Chatfield State Park

This is one of the most well-known parks within the state of Colorado, and is located south of Denver. Here, near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, there’s plenty of beach to enjoy near the reservoir. In fact, there might be more beach at Chatfield than most of the other locations on the list, meaning you’ve got ample room if you want to spread out and do some sun-bathing, build some sandcastles, or hit the water for a swim. Chatfield is great because it also has picnic areas and campsites, which allow you to do a bit of grilling too if the mood should strike. When it comes to summertime getaway beaches, you’ll need to keep this option right near the top of your list no matter what.

Dillon Reservoir

The Dillon Reservoir (located near the aptly-named town of Dillon, west of Denver, is a large body of water with approximately 25 miles of shoreline. While the mountains in the area, including Tenderfoot Mountain and Swan Mountain, provide a lovely backdrop to all your action, that action, at least during the summer, will be taking place at the beaches. This spot is great for catching rays and basking in the glory of the mountains (while posing for a broody beach pic, perhaps?), but you can also take part in plenty of on-the-water action, including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, and boat tours.

Cherry Creek State Park

Almost all in Colorado know the name Cherry Creek. The state park is located southeast of Denver, and well-respected as a focal point for outdoor recreation for residents of Denver and Aurora alike. Camping and nature watching are definitely fun here, but the real attraction during the summer is swimming, which you can do in the rather large reservoir in the middle of the park. In addition to the cozy beach area, there’s also a nice Marina here, from which you can hit the water in various kinds of craft and have yourself an even more exhilarating time.

Confluence Park

A beach right within the city of Denver? It’s not as ludicrous as you might assume. Confluence Park on 15th Street is the spot, and, for an urban beach, it’s not all that bad. Sure, it’s a bit on the small side, but it’s quaint, and while you’re there you have the rest of Confluence Park to explore. The biking and walking trails always make for a great time, and if you’re brave enough to hit the waters of the South Platte River, grab yourself a kayak and get to it. City adventuring has never been this much fun.

Aurora Reservoir

As you may have guessed, the Aurora Reservoir in Aurora, Colorado, makes for a fine place to take a swim. It’s so pristine over here, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a whole new locale. Don’t worry, though. You’re still in Colorado — just a part of it that looks a bit more like a Central American paradise than the Rocky Mountains!

Boulder Reservoir

Are you sensing a theme? Colorado is packed with reservoirs, and the Boulder Reservoir near Boulder Colorado provides yet another swimming hole for residents of the state. This particular reservoir is known for it’s crystal clean waters and the wide array of water sports that are known to take place here. It’s not unusual to see folks paddleboarding, sailing, jet-skiing and the like, so if you want to do a bit more than just swim on your trip to a Colorado beach, this is a perfect place for you.

Jackson Lake State Park

Jackson Lake State Park is one of the highlights of Colorado’s eastern plains. The South Platte River helps feed this body of water, and the impressive beachfront is a beacon for native Coloradans and tourists passing through alike. There’s plenty of room to go around here, and you’ll likely want to spend the time you have here swimming and grilling in equal measure. It’s beautiful, though, so consider bringing your camping gear and staying for a few days to get the full level of enjoyment.

Ridgway State Park

You can see the San Juan Mountains from Ridgway State Park, and they make for an excellent backdrop to your on the water adventures while you bask in the park’s beautiful reservoir. If you want some off the water fun here, you can also consider having some fun at the playgrounds near the lake — you can always get a game of beach volleyball going there. Either way, it’s a great time out here in the southwest part of the state.

They’ll Make for an Interesting Break From the Apartments Near Metro State University

When your day at the beach is done, though, and it’s time to head back to civilization, you’ll know you’ve made a wise choice in selecting Colab as your urban abode. Here, among the loveliness that is downtown Denver, you’ll be treated to some of the best that the city has to offer — in shopping, dining, entertainment, and beyond. At the same time, you’ll be living in what you’d certainly describe as a modern and convenient community, one that ensures your comfort with every design choice. Come see what living in the Mile High City should be all about. Learn more about Colab, and make it your new choice for a superior Denver experience.