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A National Treasure in the Foothills

Denver’s Mountain Parks system—more than 14,000 acres of scenic “pleasure ground in the mountains” just west of Denver, Colorado, USA—awaits your exploration! Find hiking, picnicking, sightseeing, and historic shelters and museums in the Rocky Mountains and Front Range foothills. From grasslands to glaciers, bison to Buffalo Bill—you’ll discover great mountain destinations and experiences for the whole family. Denver’s 46 Mountain Parks are unique not only for their incredible range of scenery and activity, but because all of them are located outside of the city’s borders, most less than an hour’s drive away.

The Mountain Parks preserve examples of every life zone found in Colorado, from windswept prairie to alpine tundra high above timberline. The parks also preserve important historic sites, including 300 million-year-old geologic formations in Red Rocks and the final resting spot of Buffalo Bill Cody. Some parks have no access and were acquired solely to preserve wildlife, forests, scenic views, and watersheds.

Explore our parks and our websites to learn more about these spectacular parks and their rich history. Find your Colorado mountain adventure in the Denver Mountain Parks today!

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  1. Hello, I’m Dr Larry Sanders. I organize a group of hikers. We are responsible adults who hike year-round for fitness. Colorado is the most fit state in the Union and we’d like to help keep it that way! Our problem is the parks “close” one hour after sunset, but due to our work schedules, we can’t start hiking until 6:45 PM. It is stated in your rules that the county is not responsible for any accidents that occur in the parks, so I do not understand why the parks close one hour after sunset. There must be a way to allow responsible adult hikers to use the trails after dark. Who do I speak to about evening hiking? Thank you. Dr. Sanders.

    • Thanks for your interest in our parks, Dr. Sanders. I have forwarded it to management and will ask them to respond. There is also opportunity for public feedback at the Parks and Recreation homepage; just click on Public Comments. Direct contact information is at the Contact Us page; Lauri Dannemiller is Manager, and Scott Gilmore is the Deputy Manager who oversees Parks, including Mountain Parks. — Sally, for Mountain Parks

  2. I wondered why Reynolds Parks has the gates locked when not rented out? Isn’t it for public use.? Shouldn’t it be open to the public and signs posted when it is rented out? It it a nice spot for a family picnic and ballgame.

    • Reynolds Park is Jeffco Open Space. Do you mean Newton Park? That is the only park in the DMP system that is available only by reservation. It is specifically designed for group events. I will pass your comment on to our DMP superintendent for consideration. Thanks for your interest!

      • Thanks, maybe I have the wrong name of the park, let me check on that and get back with you

  3. Hi my name is Crystal im getting married may 22, 2015 and I wanted to know if your park would be available to and open to it.????

  4. I live near Denver Mountain Park in Morrison. Someone has been cutting trees and stacking firewood in the park areas near hiking trails and open space. There are vehicle tracks leading into the area. I’m sure this is illegal. How do I report this and to whom ?

    • Anita– I’ll pass this on to our rangers and our forester. We do sometimes issue thinning permits, but we’ll check this one out. Can you give me the name or a more specific location of the park?

      • We live off Valley Circle and Westway Drive and our property backs to the open park area. Trees cut and stacked along the tree line. Vehicle tracks used our driveway to access the park. Thank you for looking into this.

  5. I heard that the lease for the EDS Waste transfer station in Cub Creek Park was not renewed. Can you provided any details about why it was not renewed, and whether this means anything regarding the future plans for the park?

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