A relatively new community, Parker is a city suburb with easy access to the growing commercial centers in far south Denver. For history buffs, the chamber of commerce office in the old town hall is a good place to dive into Parker’s past. Here guests can pick up information on nearby attractions, including 20-Mile House, an old way station that served as a post office and boarding facility.

Parker’s Main Street houses a couple of local restaurants, including a bar and grill and a Mexican hacienda, but a plethora of sit-down chain restaurants are also available throughout the community. Parker proper house one motel, but many lodging facilities lie just outside the community in neighboring suburbs.

Top recreation spots near Parker include the Cherry Creek Trail, which originates in Denver, runs through Parker and continues south to Castlewood State Canyon. At the Cherry Creek State Park in neighboring Aurora, an 880-surface acre reservoir offers opportunities for boating, fishing and other water sports. Other amenities include camping areas, group picnic sites, wildlife-watching platforms and facilities for special events. Horse trails and open space parks also dot the community.