August 2015: Red Rocks achieves National Historic Designation

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

      • I did mean Newton Park. Does this mean that you cannot just stop by the park for a picnic? It is a public park isn’t it? I also wondered if one vehicle is allowed to entert o bring supplies up to the picnic area for events. Thank you

      • People can walk into the park anytime and use the park for park purposes like picnicking as long as there is not a reservation group booked in the park. Reservation groups have priority; participants at those events have gate access and are allowed to drive into the park. Please call if you have more questions 720-865-0900.

  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?

  6. Hello, I live behind Cub Creek Park in Evergreen. I recently heard the EDS transfer station was closing. I haven’t heard of future plans yet for the space. I was inquiring to see if the foundation would consider a lease for a disc golf course? I live within walking distance and could run the course daily. I think it could potentially attract a lot of visitors such as the one in Conifer. It could also include a small dog park and walking trails. I’m extremely interested in making and running this course. Please email a response. Thank you,
    John Donovan

    • Mostly they have been in the middle pasture, that is, the one immediately south of I-70. They were there last week, and last I heard a day or two ago. Best way to see them is to go to the Chief Hosa exit (Exit 253), turn left and follow the road east along the south side of I70. That road goes around the pasture and you can often see them as you drive along the fence. Best viewing times are morning and late afternoon. Mid-day they like to be in the trees where it’s cool and shady (who wouldn’t?).

      Good luck!

      • We live adjacent to the buffalo herd and have not seen them for weeks, even with detailed checking at all their hiding places north and south of I70 and the wooded area in the northwest corner of their area. I am convinced that they are no longer there. Any updates? Thanks.

      • I will double-check, but last I knew (a week or so ago), they were in the south pasture. That is, south of the road that goes around the middle pasture, which is immediately south of I-70. This puts them downslope and in wooded areas where it will be difficult to see them for a while. We won’t be able to have them in the north pasture until the fence is replaced. It is down due to new trail construction. Thanks for your interest; they are fine!

      • Thank you for the quick response.

        I never thought to look on the SOUTH side of the horrible gravel road. I remember years ago there were some elk and deer in there.

        We had guests from Switzerland visiting last week and they were disappointed that they didn’t see the buffies.

        Thanks again, -Ted

  7. I was interested in renting the Newton Juvenile facility for a wedding but I can’t find any pictures of it or how to get there. Is there a place I can find pictures of it?

    Thanks, Kathy

  8. I was looking for the Master Plan for Denver Mountain Parks and it has been removed.
    How can I obtain a copy of it?

  9. Hi. I live on High Dr in Morrison. There is a DMP right behind S Valley Lane, about a 2 minute walk from my house. I’m wondering if there are any trails up there and how I could access them since the park is behind houses.

    Thanks for any info!

  10. Hi. Today was the last straw! I visited Genesee Park today and was completely dismayed and appalled to see those horribly ugly fences being constructed beyond a closed gate that blocks access to the top where the flag is. What possible good purpose are these eyesores? What has happened to our beautiful mountain parks? In the past one could drive into the many parks, park at any of several little turnouts and walk a short way for a picnic or a short stroll to enjoy the mountain environment. Now, roads are blocked in every mountain park, the convenient turnouts are blocked by ugly big boulders, and those hideous fences are everywhere! I am a Denver native, as are my parents. In the past we could drive into a lovely location such as Stapleton Drive and park near several picnic tables that were accessible to the elderly or handicapped. Now, like in the other parks, that road is blocked. These mountain parks were acquired by forward-looking city management a hundred years ago for the people to enjoy a natural, scenic, mountain experience close to Denver. That enjoyment is being quickly diminished by the current approach of shutting down the parks, closing off easy access, and erecting fences that are completely out of place for a mountain setting – and to add insult to this visual injury, some of the fences have “No Trespassing” signs on them!! How can one actually trespass in a PUBLIC park’s open land areas?
    In my opinion, this current trend to managing our mountain parks is completely wrong and ill conceived and is doing a huge disservice to the tax paying citizens who used to enjoy relaxed access to all the beautiful mountain parks.
    I know I am just one insignificant voice and my remarks will probably be completely ignored – unless there are others out there who agree with my concerns.

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