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“Raped and Pillaged Dog Park”

Chatfield State Park
Ranked #4 of 39 things to do in Littleton
Certificate of Excellence
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Raped and Pillaged Dog Park”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

The dog park has been stripped of vegetation along the outlet from the dam-the South Platte River. It used to be beautiful to walk among the salt cedars and shrubs, many birds and welcome shade. It looks like a nuclear bomb has gone off and such toxic chemicals used nothing is regrowing. Supposedly this was done to improve water flow incase of a "100 year flood," Have they seen a 100 year flood? A little salt cedar and shrubbery isn't going to slow it down, they move buildings for god sake. They have fenced off all access to the river now with an ugly fence. There is little to no shade, ponds with stale water which has been known to make some dogs ill. And they have the nerve to charge more. For six years I bought a yearly pass and would go several times a week (35 minutes one way) it was worth it. Now, it makes me sick. I went once in May just to check it out. Never again. Beauracracy at it's most ignorant, arrogant and irresponsible.

Visited May 2013
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Great park! Crazy Park Rangers”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Would have been 5 stars had we not been harrassed by the park rangers banging on our camper door over an 8$ parking pass at 7am with 2 sleeping children wow!

Pros
-about as great a location in denver for camping as you can get. very easy access to 470 (not the toll side) and shopping if needed. Still feels in the "country"
-sites are huge and level
-power was conistent and water was good quality
-price was super reasonable.
-really cool playgrounds for the kids, they were all over the place too maybe 5 or 6 playgrounds that we saw and within view of a lot of the campsites so we could turn the 3 and 7 yo's loose by themselves woohoo
-tons to do lots of trails, a lake, horseback riding, great mountain views

Cons
-apparently you need a $8/day parking pass. we stayed 5 days in the park and had payed for the parking pass when we arrived however did not get another one the next day as there weren't any real clear signs as to that being the case. well 7am the next morning the Rangers yes RANGERS plural came banging on the motorhome door waking us up wanting to see our parking pass. Other than that it was just about a perfect stay.

Camped here in a Winnebago View

Visited May 2013
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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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72 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Relaxing”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Nice and leisure, the area is relaxing. There are a few areas close by that also give you access to remote areas of the park. It's been a while since I've been to the main areas. The dog park is only accessible from the front gate now though.

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Highlands Ranch
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221 reviews
82 attraction reviews
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“Hiking trails and dog park”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

The beach is an extra charge and the camping is wide open with no shade. However, this popular state park features some terrific views from the dam, a great dog park and nice hiking trails.

Visited August 2012
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Pensacola Beach, Florida
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great Dog Park w/ Beautiful Mountain Views! No toys or water hose.”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

We had a bit of a hard time finding the dog park, but once we did we had a blast! I was worried at first that we wouldn't be able to see the mountains, but don't worry you definitely can and you really can't see the road once your inside. There were lots of people enjoying a jog in the dog park too (for the brave only I guess lol). Everyone there had very well behaved dogs. There was only one couple who had brought their INFANT and sat her in the middle of the park and seemed annoyed when the dogs came up to her SO I have this to say: you are in a dog park people - if you don't like dogs don't come inside the fence - also probably not the best place to sit your infant down by his/herself - use commonsense. Overall this place is A++++ for a dog park - but bring your own toys - there are none inside the park - no balls, Frisbees, etc. There is an $8 fee for the park day pass then a $2 dog park fee - When you pay to go to a dog park where I come from (Florida) there are usually toys and such in the park to play with so you don't have to bring yours and subsequently forget them, your dog loses them in the park, or another dog takes it runs off and loses it in the park - either way the toys stay in the park so I just expected there to be some tennis balls and big plastic water balls in the lake - and there was not. So bring your own, and feel free to leave them for other dogs to play with ;o) There are 2 big clean lakes that the dogs had a blast in - it was a bit difficult for my dogs to get out since a lot of the slopes are pretty steep, but I have unathletic dogs (English bulldog/French bulldogs) so I can't fault the park for this. The park provides plenty of doggie bags and for the most part it seems extremely clean like people are really picking up after their dogs. The other thing I wish this park had was a hose at the exit - my dogs were FILTHY after having played in the lakes then run around on the dirt trails - it would've been great to hose them off. It also would've been great to let them have some water - there is no water so bring your own. We will probably go back though even despite the lack of water and toys - next time we will just come more prepared.

Visited May 2013
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