Best Picnic Spots in Aurora

Catch mountain vistas and prairie grass waving in the wind as you uncover Aurora’s best picnic spots.

Perfect for a quick lunch or a sunset viewing, pack the snacks, blankets and chairs for a getaway with friends and family. Please note that most of the designated picnic tables and shelter areas are closed to the public to comply with state regulations. However, locations are still welcoming visitors while enforcing social distancing among groups.

Utah Park
1800 S Peoria St.

Located in the heart of Aurora, Utah Park is filled with ideal picnic places for families, couples, and pets. Set up on the rolling grassy hills or wander to the pond under a shady tree. There are plenty of places to watch the sunset dip into the trees as you enjoy a spread of eats and treats.

Aurora Reservoir
5800 S. Powhaton Rd.

Prepare for peaceful views and plenty of places to set up your very own space. While the pavilions are closed, the Aurora Reservoir has a handful of grassy patches to enjoy a picnic. Get their earlier and stroll the paved 8-mile trail around the still water. You can also bring your bike for a quick ride around the park. Watch as the sun dips into the western hills while you snack.

Sand Creek Park
2700 Peoria St.

Located at the intersection of Peoria and Fitzsimons Parkway, Sand Creek Park is home to rolling grass, open space, and occasional wildlife viewing. There are a handful of trails you can hike before choosing the perfect setup. After your dinner, consider checking out the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, a 14-mile path that connects Aurora to Commerce City.

Olympic Park
15501 E Yale Ave.

This classic park is located right in a central area of Aurora. Visitors will find open spaces of manicured grass and shady trees. Perfect for families, this park is easily accessible. Setup near the pond and watch the sparkling water features in the sunlight or find a shady spot underneath a large tree as you watch the clouds roll by.

Jewell Wetlands Park
13005 E Jewell Ave.

Keep an eye out; you might see wildlife! Jewell Wetlands Park has non-paved trails, hidden meadows, and still ponds. This park is off-the-beaten-path and offers a casual adventure for those looking to set up a picnic. Settle on a spot near the water banks or hike a little further as you search for a grassy patch.

Cherry Creek State Park
4201 S Parker Rd.

Known for breath-taking views of the Rocky Mountains, Cherry Creek State Park is the ultimate location for hiking, biking, and of course – picnicking! Choose one of their many trails and head out on an adventure of your own. There is a variety of paved trails, making picnicking close to your car easier. Wander around the western side of the reservoir to obtain sunset views or set up your picnic blanket on the banks and watch as sailboats pass you by.