A family-friendly Denver suburb surrounded by state parks.
With plenty of green space and a historic downtown, Parker is a charming city on the southeastern edge of Denver and surrounded by hiking, cycling, boating, and camping opportunities. Kids have plenty to do as well—Parker features a water park, trampoline park, and several riding stables right in town. There’s also a huge park for four-legged family members, including five acres of off-leash space and an agility course.
Parker Town Center Downtown Parker is known for its Victorian architecture and family-friendly offerings. The paved Sulphur Gulch Trail takes off right from downtown and connects to several other town trails. In winter, Parker is known for its unique ice trail, one of only a few in the country. It’s more like a winding ice river than an ice rink. Aurora Aurora is Denver’s largest suburb, just 25 minutes north of Parker. Along the way, you’ll pass Cherry Creek State Park, a large reservoir open to boating and paddle sports. The park marina has boats to rent and year-round campgrounds, making it one of the best places to tent and RV camp close to Denver. In Aurora, you’ll find several RV parks. Colorado Springs At the base of 14,115- foot tall Pikes Peak and just a little over an hour’s drive from Parker, Colorado Springs is a hot spot for outdoor adventure. World-class hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and cycling are all available within minutes of town, and Colorado Springs is home to the Garden of the Gods, a landscape of red rock towers and balanced rocks. Campers will find overnight options near town and in the surrounding national forest.
With beautiful year-round weather and an abundance of outdoor activities regardless of season, there is really no bad time to visit the Denver suburbs. The best time to visit depends largely on what you want to do. Summer is best for outdoor concerts, hiking, and camping in the mountains. Fall, when the summer crowds have diminished, is wonderful for sightseeing. Winter activities include ice skating, snowshoeing, and skiing.
- Parker has grocery stores, department stores, and several chain outdoor stores. - Summer camping reservations fill quickly at Cherry Creek State Park. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance. - Although there’s no camping available at Castlewood Canyon State Park, just south of Parker, it’s a popular spot for hiking and rock climbing.