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Bayou Gulch
South Platte River watershed
South Platte River watershed including Bayou Gulch
Physical characteristics
Main source Ponderosa Park, Colorado
River mouth Confluence with Cherry Creek
6,000 ft (1,800 m)
Length 8 mi (13 km)
Basin features
Progression Cherry Creek-South Platte-PlatteMissouriMississippi
Bayou Gulch
NRHP reference No. 100005167
Added to NRHP April 13, 2020

Bayou Gulch is one of the tributaries of Cherry Creek, located mainly in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is part of the Colorado Eastern Plains. An archaeologically sensitive portion of the gulch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.


The gulch is formed in Elbert County, Colorado, southeast of Denver and approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) southeast of Ponderosa Park.

The gulch flows west through Eastern Douglas County and into Cherry Creek. Bayou Gulch Road follows the streambed, which is generally dry.

Recreational opportunities

There is a park that is next to the gulch with a playground basketball hoops, football field, baseball field, and hiking trails.

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