Littleton is a city in the Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties of Colorado, United States. The city of Littleton is the county seat of Arapahoe County and is part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located in central Colorado at the junction of U.S. Route 85 and Colorado State Highway 470, the city is 9 miles (14 km) south of downtown Denver and 55 miles (89 km) north of Colorado Springs. The city covers a total area of 13.87 square miles (35.9 km2), of which 12.98 square miles (33.6 km2) is land and 0.89 square miles (2.3 km2) is water (6.4%).
Littleton is a suburb of Denver, a part of the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area and the Front Range Urban Corridor. Denver and Englewood are to the north, Greenwood Village to the northeast, Centennial to the east, Highlands Ranch to the south, Columbine and Columbine Valley to the west, and Bow Mar to the northwest.
Littleton is located on the South Platte River in the Colorado Piedmont region of the Great Plains a few miles east of the Front Range of the Southern Rocky Mountains. The majority of the city lies east of the river. From north to south, these include Big Dry Creek, Slaughterhouse Gulch, Lee Gulch, and Dad Clark Gulch. The southwestern part of the city also contains several small lakes and reservoirs. West of the river are Cooley Lake, Bufflehead Lake, South Platte Reservoir, Eaglewatch Lake, Redtail Lake, and Blackrock Lake. Wolhurst Lake and McLellen Reservoir, which are drained and fed by Dad Clark Gulch, lie to the east of the river. Chatfield Reservoir is southwest of the city.
Littleton is home to plenty of arts and music establishments including The Depot Art Gallery and Littleton Fine Arts Guild, Littleton Symphony Orchestra, Voices West (fka Littleton Chorale) and Littleton Museum. Other points of interest within Littleton include Hudson Gardens, Town Hall Arts Center, and Gravesite of Alferd Packer.
Littleton has been served by the Regional Transportation District’s light rail system.