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Denver and the Mountain Parks
"The system, roughly speaking, covers an area of 150 square miles, and begins twelve miles from Denver. An eight mile concrete roadway extends from Denver to the foot of the first park on Lookout Mountain. The circle trip from Denver, returning by way of Morrison, the southern gateway, is sixty-five miles, of which fifty is exclusively over mountain roadways."
One Day in Denver’s New Mountain Parks—1916
Tourist Guides (will display better on larger monitors)
"Denver’s Mountain Park Girl"
Background; Transportation & Fares
"Enjoy Your Vacation Denver Way"
Detailed Trip Log
"Lookout Mountain Drive"
Beginning and ending at the steps of the State Capitol, in the center foreground of the image above, a key scenic route encouraged travellers to venture west on Colfax Avenue to Golden, then up the twisting Lariat Trail to Lookout Mountain, across to Evergreen, down Bear Creek Canyon to Morrison, and past Red Rocks to Golden for the return via Colfax, a total of 65 miles. Rock Rest, at mile point 10.6 (52.6 returning), provided refreshments. After 1914, motorists had the option of returning via the newly completed Morrison Road (Colo Hwy 8).
The foothills portion of this route closely parallels today’s Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway. Both the Lariat Trail and the Bear Creek Canyon Scenic Mountain Drives have been designated to the National Register of Historic Places. This basic route was similar to Circle Trip “C.”
Sample a Scenic Historic Tour.