Daniels Park

View across Daniels Park toward the foothills of the Front Range.

View across Daniels Park toward the foothills of the Front Range.

Fast Facts:

  • Denver’s only mountain park in Douglas County
  • 1,000 acres, donated by Miss Florence Martin (1920, 1937)
  • Scenic views of the Front Range, from Pike’s Peak to Long’s Peak
  • Bison herd established from the Genesee herd (1939)

Features:

  • Historic 1920s ranch outbuildings retain original character
  • Daniels Park Road was early territorial road (before 1864)
  • Tall Bull Memorial Grounds (Native American site)
  • Stone shelter designed by J.J.B. Benedict (1922)
  • Diverse wildlife habitat and topography
  • Kit Carson’s Last Campfire (monument)

Overview:

Historic ranch buildings at Daniels Park.

Historic ranch buildings at Daniels Park.

Daniels Park, Denver’s representative of the Plains ecosystem, adds ecological and historical diversity to the Mountain Parks system. With elevations ranging from 6,240 to 6,582 ft ( m), it is (with Red Rocks Park) one of the lowest elevation parks in the system. Most of the park is devoted to the 800-acre preserve for the buffalo herd; another parcel is dedicated to Native American ceremonial use. Picnic grounds and public parking and use areas are at Wildcat Point and in the upper reaches of Big Dry Creek, aka Riley’s Gulch. (see Map).

See also:
Daniels Park map; Daniels Park history.

Location and Facilities:
Daniels Park is 21 miles south of Denver and about 5 miles from Sedalia. The Park can be reached via I-25 south to Castle Pines Parkway (Exit 188) or via Santa Fe Drive (Hwy 85). Daniels Park Road is about 2 miles west of Exit 188 and 2.5 miles east of Sedalia.

Facilities in the park include picnic areas, charcoal grills, bison enclosure, scenic overlooks. Major upgrades to the road and amenities are planned in 2014 under a cooperative project between Douglas County and Denver. Updates will be posted on the blog.

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