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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