Welcome to Parker
Urban vibrancy steeped in rich history and Old West charm
Parker is steeped in rich history, heritage, and heart. Though it embraces forward-thinking innovation, the spirit of the Old West lives on in Parker. This unique blend gives way to a diverse array of experiences attracting locals and visitors alike — including year-round community events and activities, arts and culture venues, miles of serene open space and trails, and charming cafés and restaurants.
What to Love
• Excellent outdoor recreation
• Stunning landscapes and scenic mountain views
• Family-friendly and tight-knit community vibes
• Generous lot sizes
Despite Parker’s proximity to the city center, where you’re never too far away from Denver’s major attractions, you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle in this cozy, scenic enclave. Parker is a haven for anyone seeking an active lifestyle, as it’s home to an impressive number of public parks. The community boasts 250 acres of parkland and over 900 acres of open space — not to mention its proximity to the mountains. Parker is just a few hours away from many of the most prestigious ski resorts in Colorado.
Many new and growing families call Parker home due to its excellent public schools, spacious lot sizes, family-friendly environment, and tight-knit community. Here, locals deeply value the ties they can foster with their neighbors.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Parker has plenty of excellent opportunities for shopping and dining. Situated in the heart of downtown, Parker Garage
features an innovative menu that blends refined dining with local, seasonal ingredients. West Main Taproom + Grill
boasts an impressive craft beer list, as well as locally made spirits and an eclectic menu ranging from tacos to burgers. For a more lively and casual experience, head to Takoda
or Tailgate Tavern
Don’t miss Niche & Co.
, a one-stop shop for custom furnishings and unique art, as well as food and gifts. Murdoch’s
is conveniently located in town for your hunting and camping needs, as well as Costco
Take the family to Boondocks Food & Fun
for a day of adventure, including bowling, laser tag, mini-golf, go-karts, and more.
Things to Do
This vibrant town is full of community-centric events and outdoor activities. Parker Days
is a time-honored tradition among locals featuring live music, food and drinks, rides, and more. The Parker Farmers Market
features vegetable growers, western slope fruit growers, plants, and on-site cooking.
For more outdoor fun, head to O’Brien Park
. Located on Mainstreet near downtown, this park includes a lighted softball field, a multipurpose field, a basketball court, two playground areas, and an outdoor pool. Walk the trails, fish, or birdwatch at Rueter Hess Reservoir
, Bingham Lake Park
, or Bayou Gulch Regional Park
. Cherry Creek Trail
is a picturesque, 40-mile route that begins in downtown Denver and connects various communities — including Parker — throughout suburban and rural Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.
Horse lovers frequent the Colorado Horse Park
, which is home to many equestrian events, including top hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions.
Golf enthusiasts are in luck! Play a round at Colorado Golf Club
, which is home to the 71st Senior PGA Championship, or the Jim Engh-designed Irish links-style course at The Club at Pradera
. For golf combined with even more luxury features, head to the family-friendly Pinery Golf Course
, which boasts 27 holes of magnificent golf, as well as an array of tennis, fitness, dining, and social amenities.
Parker is served by the Douglas County School District — one of the top school districts in the nation. Additionally, there are several wonderful private schools within commuting distance. Top educational opportunities include:
• Mountain View Elementary, PK-5
• Northeast Elementary, PK-4
• Gold Rush Elementary, PK-5
• Cherokee Trail Elementary, PK-6
• Pioneer Elementary, PK-5
• Sagewood Middle School, 6-8
• Cimarron Middle School, 6-8
• Sierra Middle School, 7-8
• Ponderosa High School, 9-12
• Legend High School, 9-12
• Chaparral High School, 9-12
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