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Are you scheduled to do your dives with us at Aurora Reservoir? Below is every detail you will need to make your weekend fun and successful!



  • What time do I need to be there?
    Divers need to be in the parking lot of the "Scuba Beach" at 8:00 am. The "Scuba Beach" parking lot is at the north end of the reservoir, by the dam. We will have our van shuttling gear over the dam to the beach area between 8:00 am & 8:30 am.


  • How long is each dive day?
    Please plan on being at the reservoir each day from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm (approx.). Usually the dive days are done before this, but each group is a little different and timing is based on the group.


  • How much is the Entrance Fee?
    As of January 2018, the daily park fee is $10. Please note, this is per day/per car.


  • What should I bring?
    We recommend bringing the following:
    - All SCUBA gear (either owned or rented), consisting of a regulator, BCD, wetsuit, weights & belt, tanks, mask, fins and snorkel
    - Logbook
    - Sunscreen/Bug spray
    - Clothes for inclement weather (of course we hope for sunny days, but weather happens).
    - Water
    - Snacks/Lunch
    - Swimsuit/Towel
    - A camping chair or tarp to sit out on (although not a real beach, the "Scuba Beach" is sandy).

CLICK HERE for a printable version of the Aurora Open Water certification weekend itinerary.


2021 Aurora Polar Plunge


Saturday, April 17

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM


Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora, 80016

Event Description

The 2021 Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union benefiting Special Olympics CO is back! Plunge and/or run in person at the Aurora Reservoir or sign up for the Virtual Plunge from the comfort of your home!

All attendees will be required to follow state and local COVID safety protocols that include wearing masks and remaining 6 feet apart from other guests not in your household. In addition, attendees must also follow venue-specific safety protocols.

All funds raised benefit 15,000+ Special Olympics CO athletes (children and adults with intellectual disabilities).



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Dragon boat holding 21 capsizes at Aurora Reservoir

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AURORA, Colo. — The 21 people on-board a dragon boat were sent into the water Saturday morning after their boat capsized on the Aurora Reservoir.

The team was training for the dragon boat races, when they were forced into the water when the boat overturned.

Luckily, everyone on-board was wearing a life-jacket and had the property safety equipment.

The group was rescued from the water and checked for hypothermia. Officials said the team members are all doing alright.

Unfortunately, the boat the team had been training on could not be saved.

The Aurora Fire Department said it’s a good reminder to make sure you prioritize water safety.

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Cherry Creek State Park

This state park is considered Denver’s backyard. It’s close to downtown Denver (about 17 miles away, less than a half hour), and it has just about every outdoor activity you could want to experience in Colorado: camping, hiking, bird-watching, fishing, boating, swimming, volleyball, you name it. You can take your power boat, paddle boat, or sailboat onto the 880-acre body of water.


Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Founded in 1994 and housed at the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Wings is dedicated to inspiring, educating and entertaining the public about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. Visitors will find over 50 aircraft on display, thrilling flight simulator experiences and an enrichment program dedicated to the expansion of aerospace education in Colorado.


Aurora Reservoir

With over 800 acres of water surface, Aurora Reservoir is one of the city's largest park and open space sites. Named by Westword as "The Best Park for Fishing" in 2012, the reservoir provides multi-use recreation and serves as a drinking water storage facility for Aurora.

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Things To Do In and Around Aurora

Aurora Cultural Arts District

Explore Aurora’s burgeoning arts district, featuring several galleries and a number of public art pieces.

Aurora Fox Arts Center

Enjoy comedy, drama, musical productions and more at this restored 1940s-era movie house.

Aurora History Museum

A permanent exhibit tells the tale of Aurora’s past and present, and unique traveling exhibits and a hands-on children’s area offer plenty of reasons to visit.

Aurora Reservoir

This 2,500-acre site features swimming, diving, boating, fishing, an 8.5-mile hike-and-bike trail and more.

Aurora Singers

The Aurora Singers are dedicated to providing quality choral and musical theater for the Aurora/Denver metro area.

Aurora Symphony Orchestra

The Aurora Symphony Orchestra embraces the community’s rich cultural diversity and appreciation for the arts by performing symphonic music that honors our heritages, celebrates our contemporary artistic environment and forges a cultural legacy for the future.

Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens offer an experience that visitors find exciting, inspirational and educational throughout the year.

Denver Zoo

The staff of the Denver Zoo hopes that each visit inspires guests to find ways to connect with animals and support our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding.

Golf in Aurora

There are many options for golfing in Aurora, including six City of Aurora courses and private courses: Black Bear Golf Club; CommonGround Golf Course; Golf Club at Heather Ridge; Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club; Windsor Gardens; and even mini-golf. You can also get lessons from a Pro!

Hotels and Motels

A wide range of options for your stay in the Metro area.

May Farms

This working farm is dedicated to establishing family traditions and creating experiences. Available for events – fees apply.


Check out Aurora’s own microbreweries: Coda Brewing Co., Dry Dock Brewery, Peak to Peak, and Two22 Brew

Mile High Racing and Entertainment – Arapahoe Park

Check out the live action and bet on a winner at Colorado’s only horse-racing track. Admission fee.

Plains Conservation Center

The 1,100-acre Plains Conservation Center in Aurora provides an intimate look at the flora and fauna of Colorado’s eastern plains. Admission is free.


Find the kind of food you’re looking for – or have a culinary adventure.

The Movie Tavern

Movie Tavern is revolutionizing the way America experiences eating, drinking and cinema with in-theater dining service featuring chef-driven menus, and luxurious seating.

Vintage Theatre

The Vintage Theatre presents classics and cutting edge theatre, classes, improv, and staged readings that challenge, entertain, and grow our audience and artistic family alike.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum educates and inspires people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present, and future.

Aurora Reservoir - What's On The Bottom

For those looking to go to a beachside Pride this year, you’re in luck. After a quiet year due to COVID, Aurora Pride is back at the Aurora Reservoir.

The event is happening Aug. 7, 12-8 p.m.

And, for folks who are looking for a more personalized experience, online activities and Pride in a Box goodie boxes are also on the menu this summer.

“We wanted to make sure to adapt our event to the current needs of our community, whatever those may be,” says Aurora Pride Executive Director Zander Oklar. “We love the reservoir, and we’re really excited about having a beachfront Pride in a landlocked state.”

At the event, look forward to food, drinks, swimming, and even HIV testing and COVID vaccines for those in need. And of course, there will also be an impressive roster of entertainment. We chatted with Aurora Pride’s hosts and performers to learn what Pride means to them.

“To me, Pride means to be appreciative. To reflect and thank those who came before me. I would not be able to be blessed with the life that I have today without the sacrifice of my brothers and sisters before me. I would not be able to be married, plan my family, express my art through drag, be unapologetically myself, expand my mind, not be scared to fight for what I believe in, or speak up during injustice. Those who paved the way before us were out there protesting, fighting, and marching for a better future for us.

So, I am always tremendously grateful, but it also tells me and inspires me that we are far from being done, and I must carry the torch. I, too, must fight, march, and speak up so my future children, my future community, and future world can have a better future. They, too, can be proud of who they are and live in a society without fear one day. None of this can be accomplished without us continuing the fight. Pride is here to remind us of where we came from, where we are at, and where we are going. Most of all, Pride is here to remind us to love one another as human beings.”

– Minor Misdemeanor

“Pride, to me, is about more than the rainbows, beautiful colors, and festivities. It’s about the lives we touch, the communities we reach, and the people from all walks of life that we bring together through our beautiful art form called ‘drag.’ Pride is about giving love, spreading love, and showing love, not just in the month of June, but all year long.”

– Samora Kash

“Pride is all about being comfortable in your own skin and being surrounded by people who love and support you. Pride is also about basking in the diversity of a strong community, remembering how far we have come, and boldly sashaying into the future.”

– Shirley Delta Blow

*featured image by Veronica L. Holyfield

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Spring officially starts this month, but March also can be the snowiest month of the year in Colorado. Whether you’re enjoying a sunny, spring day or you want to play in some snow, Denver-area parks provide great options to get outside, work out and have fun.

Here are five ‘best’ parks in Denver’s backyard:

Denver parks. Aurora reservoir has a great bike trail around it. Spring is a great time for cycling. Here a father and his young son ride bikes. Photo: Getty Images.

1. Aurora Reservoir, 5800 Powhaton Road, Aurora.

As its name implies, this reservoir located in southeastern Aurora supplies Aurora with its drinking water. The park is also a great place to enjoy natural beauty on the plains southeast of Denver because it offers a level 8-mile trail around the reservoir. Click here to see a map.

If you enjoy quieter bodies of water in Colorado, Aurora is a good choice because no motorized boats are allowed in the water. That means Aurora Reservoir is more serene and clean than other Denver area reservoirs like Cherry Creek and Chatfield.

Spring is the perfect season to enjoy a bike ride, walk or run around the Aurora Reservoir. Boating resumes around March 15 or as soon as the ice clears. And, during years when COVID-19 restrictions are not in place, the reservoir offers fishing boats, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards for rent. The park also boasts picnic facilities and a popular sandy beach and swim lagoon that’s perfect for summer outings.

2. Roxborough State Park, 4751 E. Roxborough Drive, Roxborough.

Among the great parks in Denver's backyard is Roxborough, southwest of Denver. It's a great place to hike. Here we see and orange sunset over red rocks that jut up from the ground. Photo: Getty Images.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater west of Denver and Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs are the more famous outdoor venues where you can see dramatic red-rock formations in Colorado, but Roxborough is a stunning 4,000-acre state park southwest of Denver. It’s home to eight beautiful trails that cover about 14 miles and serves as a nature preserve. Hikers can enjoy various loop trials and photographers will find inspiration at Roxborough in all seasons. Click here to download a trail map. During the pandemic, traffic has been heavy on trails at Roxborough. Please respect the natural landscape. Tread lightly. Never shortcut trails. Always carry out anything you bring with you. And respect the rules that make Roxborough a special refuge for wildlife and human visitors alike. Roxborough does not allow any pets, drones, camping, mountain bikes, horses, rock climbing or fires.

3. Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Road, Brighton.

Among great parks in Denver's backyard is Barr Lake State Park, which is known for its birds. Photo courtesy of the Colorado State Parks.

If you love birds and natural beauty close to the city, you’ll definitely want to check out Barr Lake State Park. On weekends from May through September, you can enjoy naturalist-guided tours on what’s known as the Eagle Express, a motorized 13-passenger cart. Numerous bald eagles winter at Barr Lake and one pair stays to nest and raise its young every year. The southwest side of the lake is home to a bustling rookery with over 200 nests. Barr Lake is also home to white pelicans, great blue herons, egrets, ospreys and hawks. Check out the Barr Lake website for regular bird walks. Sign up for events here.

If you’re not big on birding, Barr Lake offers fishing, boating and even archery classes. The lake is known for its calm waters, which makes it a great spot for kayaking and canoeing.

On land, bicyclists, hikers and horseback riders can all enjoy the level 8.8-mile multi-use trail that circles the lake. The trail is temporarily closed part-way around the lake for raptor nesting, but you can still walk or run out and back. Keep an eye on the website or stop in at the nature center when you arrive to get trail updates.

4. City Park, between East 17th and East 23rd Avenues and between North York Street and North Colorado Boulevard, Denver.

Among the great parks in Denver's backyard is City Park. Here we see the iconic view of Ferill Lake with the City Park Boathouse and downtown and the mountains to the west. Photo: Getty Images.

Denver’s City Park has something for everyone including wonderful indoor and outdoor attractions: the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo, Ferril Lake, tennis courts, miles of walking paths and the City Park Golf Course.

City Park has provided stimulation to the minds and hearts of Denverites for generations. Here are some insider tips when visiting this park in Denver.

  • Enjoy spectacular views of the lake, downtown and the mountains from the west-facing plaza outside the Museum of Nature and Science.
  • If you’re enjoying a day inside the museum, be sure to take the elevator on the west side up to an outdoor deck on the top floor for an even more amazing view.
  • In the summer, spurting fountains just west of the museum provide a great activity for kids.
  • When you visit the Zoo, always check out the feeding schedule when zookeepers do presentations and feed the animals.
  • Are you in the mood for a spring picnic? Shop for food along Colfax Avenue or pick up a book at Denver’s Tattered Cover Book Store, then stroll two blocks along the Esplanade past Denver’s beautiful East High School to the south side of City Park.
  • In typical years, the park also hosts the legendary City Park Jazz concerts. And, you can enjoy some poetry in the park too. Ferril Lake is named after famous Denver poet, Thomas Hornsby Ferril.

5. Robinson Park, 200 Fairfax St., Denver.

Great parks in Denver's backyard include Robinson Park, which is known for its sledding hill. Photo of family with sled. Photo: Getty Images.

Robinson is a relatively small park at only two square blocks, but the park packs a punch when it comes to fun. When the flakes fly, this park’s north-facing hill is one of Denver’s best sledding spots. It’s steep enough to give kids (and adults) a good ride down the hill. Then the hill levels out with plenty of snow-covered grass to guarantee your toboggan or tube will gradually slow to a safe stop.

The sledding hill is located on East 2nd Avenue between North Forest and North Glencoe Streets. Bring hot cocoa to keep the little ones warm or water if they get thirsty after doing gazillions of runs. Robinson Park’s grassy fields also provide perfect spots for spring and fall soccer and lacrosse practice. And the park sports a basketball court and fun play structures with separate areas for kids ages 2-to-5 and older children, ages 5-to-12.

The play area is getting refreshed now. Click here to see all the details from The Park People, a nonprofit that helps beautify Denver’s parks. The highlights: a new embankment slide, shade sails, a musical instrument play feature, a SmartPlay cube and a friendship swing.

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