We ended up getting distracted by the giant off leash area and spending all the time we had there. Oops! I swear that nature walk review will happen eventually…
I really wanted to scope out the off leash area because it’s a ridiculous 107 acres. I was not expecting that from a park East of Denver.
When you first pull up you have to park and walk to the actual entrance to the fenced off-leash area, you’re supposed to keep your dog leashed during the walk to get there.
The moment you walk in you can immediately tell how huge the space is. It literally goes on as far as the eye can see. You can see how far out it goes not because you have hawk vision but rather because there isn’t exactly any landscaping disprupting your view.
I mean seriously, it’s mostly just a massive field of dead grass (granted it was still technically winter) and the occasional stray bush. I guess the bright side is it means you can easily spot your dog while it’s gallivanting around.
So my initial reaction was it’s big and everything but there’s not really a whole lot here. But we kept walking because we kept coming across soaking dogs. There were some descent sized puddles of muddy water (yeah, so be prepared for muddy dogs…) but we knew it couldn’t be from that didn’t look muddy and wet, they just looked wet… and happy.
We were just about to turn around and head back when we saw a huge mass of people just around a bend so thought we’d investigate what the commotion was about and then roll out.
When we went around the bend we found Cherry Creek! Like the actual Cherry Creek… Not the park or the shopping center… It was beautiful! The water was running but not so hard that you worry about puppies getting washed away. There was nothing at the bed but sand so also no worries of puppies getting hurt or stuck feet. And from what I saw, no sign of fish, crawdads, leached or any of those things you normally have to worry about in creeks.
If you’ve ever been to the sand dunes it’s just like the creek that seasonally runs in front of it from the snow runoff. Nothing but water and sand. The ideal creek for your pup to play in.
There were so many excited, soaked, happy dogs sprinting and playin’ in the water. If I wasn’t wearing tennis shoes I’d be right there with them. The clear, cool, animals that could nite you-less, water looked so inviting; sandals will be a must next time.
The space was packed which if you know me you know crowds are not my favorite, but I was so excited about this lovely surprise I didn’t mind.
The whole dog park was packed for that matter. For real you guys. I’ve never been to a busier dog park, I was especially surprised by how it seemed everyone was traveling in packs considering how spacious the area is. To be fair it was a gorgeous Saturday and a lady whom I presume is a regular there said you are lucky if you see three people there on a weekday.
Another observation is, that lady I spoke to was the only friendly conversation I had. I didn’t have any rude run-ins per say, everyone just kept to themselves. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; I’m just used meeting friendly people at dog parks who like to chat while your dogs play together.
I’m not really one to talk though; I am actually one of the most socially awkward people you’ll ever meet. It’s super rare that I am the one who initiates the conversation. If someone else initiates it I’m friendly (and normally get horrible word vomit) but I’m not really one to speak up first… Unless I’m telling you cute your dog is, that is the exception. But even then when I would tell the people there that have a cute dog they looked shocked I was trying to converse with them.
I didn’t actually make it through the whole 107 acres and when I come back, I probably still won’t bother. The majority of the park doesn’t really doesn’t interest me since I have dog parks closer to me that have the same landscaping (I’m sure it’s convenient for those of you who live in near it.) Next time I’ll be making a beeline for the creek… And there will be a next time.
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