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Douglas and Elbert counties are located within the Denver Metropolitan Area. The Denver Metro Area experiences a relatively mild and dry climate and boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine per year. The average high temperature in the summer usually stays below 90, while most winter days average highs in the mid 40s.

Comprehensive medical services in our area are provided by Parker Adventist Hospital, Sky Ridge Medical Center, and numerous other medical specialists and facilities that are available throughout the Denver Metropolitan Area.

Primary and secondary education needs in Douglas County are met by the Douglas County School District, which is one of the top-rated school districts in the state and serves over 64,000 students. Elbert County consists of five separate school districts that educate approximately 3600 students.

For higher education, there are Arapahoe Community College campuses in Parker, Castle Rock and Littleton, and a University of Phoenix campus in Lone Tree. The University of Denver (DU) and University of Colorado, Denver (CU Denver) are conveniently located in close proximity to Douglas and Elbert counties.


The location of Douglas and Elbert Counties near the Rocky Mountains makes them a true recreational paradise for those who love the outdoors.

Nearby Chatfield Reservoir and State Park offers opportunities for boaters of all types. Water skiers, fishing enthusiasts, canoeists and sailors all enjoy these waters from spring through fall. Chatfield also boasts 197 campsites with electric hookups and 10 group campsites that can be reserved. The park features miles of paved and unpaved trails as well as an off-leash dog park for fun off the water.

The trails at Cherry Creek State Park near South Denver meander through grasslands, cottonwoods and marshes, offering opportunities for hikers, cyclists, equestrians and wildlife watchers to enjoy the outdoors. Cherry Creek Reservoir provides even more fun on the water in what is known as “Denver’s backyard playground.”


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For even more adventure, Castlewood Canyon State Park near Franktown provides an environmentally diverse setting in which to enjoy over 15 miles of trails, shelters and picnic facilities, a volleyball court and a natural amphitheatre with expansive views of Pikes Peak; ideal for weddings and special ceremonies.

A little farther west, the Rampart Range of the Rockies consists almost entirely of public land within the Pike National Forest. It is an extremely popular area for off-road motorcyclists and ATV operators due to its wealth of trails and close proximity to amenities.

There are also plenty of places to play right in the town of Parker itself. The Parker Fieldhouse offers 100,000 square feet of sports turf, batting cages, gymnasiums, a climbing wall, elevated track and an indoor playground. The Parker Recreation Center boasts an active schedule of fitness and swim classes, cardio and weight training equipment, a triple gymnasium, youth sports and inline hockey rinks. The neighboring town of Elizabeth is the home of the popular Casey Jones Park, with ball fields, campgrounds, playground, concerts, and which hosts the Elizabeth Stampede, winner of the PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012!





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