Cherry Creek and Chatfield State Parks under county fire restrictions
Chatfield and Cherry Creek State Parks are currently under county fire restrictions and visitors need to know what is, or is not permitted prior to their recreational outings.
When visiting any public lands please be aware of current conditions that may exist, along with knowing safe practices. This includes not leaving your grill or fire unattended. Be sure if your local county does allow for charcoal or wood fires that the fire is completely extinguished before leaving.
On July 7, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office implemented a Stage 2 open burning ban within Unincorporated Arapahoe County, which includes Cherry Creek State Park. Arapahoe County determined that the existing conditions present an extreme danger for the possibility of wildfire and large wildland fires. The open burning ban will remain in effect until rescinded by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
No wood burning will be allowed at Cherry Creek. Propane/LP/natural gas and charcoal fueled grills and pits used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used, are permissible.
Chatfield State Park is also fire restrictions from both Jefferson and Douglas Counties.
The Jefferson County portion of the park, west of the South Platte River including the swim beach, is currently under a stage 1 restriction. That means all fires must be under control and in permanent, park furnished facilities. Charcoal barbeque grills and personal fire rings are not allowed.
The Douglas County portion, east of the South Platte River and including the campground, is under a stage 2 restriction. That means no wood or charcoal fires are allowed at all, regardless of facilities. Fireworks and rocketry are never allowed on the park.