Denver's Urban and Mountain Parks Offer Trails, Gardens, Nature, Music & More

The city of Denver has nearly 20,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parkland. Denver made a brilliant decision in the early 1900s: To acquire parcels of land in the mountains as part of the city's parks system. Genesee Park, home of Denver's famous herd of bison, was acquired in 1912. The acreage of Lookout Mountain Park, which includes the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, was acquired in 1915. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre opened in 1941 and gained National Historic Landmark status in 2015. In addition to providing easy access to an extensive network of trails and spectacular views of the city and Continental Divide, the mountain parks preserve significant Colorado landscapes and intriguing pieces of Western history. Within Denver's Metro Area, the urban parks are no less impressive. Four Mile Historic Park preserves the oldest standing structure in Denver, and within the 330 acres of City Park are two of Denver's premier attractions, the Denver Zoo and stellar Museum of Nature & Science. Although Cherry Creek State Park and Coors Field are not part of the system, they are part of the city's metropolitan landscape where residents and visitors can enjoy green space and recreation. The 10 parks here are just the start. Denver has dozens of parks to explore and enjoy, and one is likely within a few blocks of wherever you're standing.

Denver was born where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meet, and that's exactly where Confluence Park is. Among its attractions is a whitewater course for kayakers, but it's also an area where walkers, runners, cyclists and others use...  Read More

Opened in 1995, Coors Field is a 76-acre ballpark in Denver's LoDo neighborhood, at the corner of Blake and 20th streets. While the park provides a great view of the game from every seat, if you sit along the first base/right field side, you'll...  Read More

At 2,413 acres, Genesee Park is the largest of Denver's mountain parks and the first in the mountain park system, acquired in 1912. It's also home to the city's historic bison herd of about 20 animals, and a Civilian Conservation Corps historic...  Read More

Located within the 110-acre Lookout Mountain Park, part of Denver's mountain parks system, the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave celebrates the life and times of one of the West's first superstars. Buffalo Bill took his Wild West Show on the road to...  Read More

Four Mile Historic Park tells the story of Denver's oldest standing structure and the 12 acres around it. Four Mile House (now Four Mile House Museum) was built in 1859. In 1860, a widow and her two teenage children opened it as a stage stop for...  Read More

Denver Botanic Gardens
Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens includes two facilities. The main gardens are on York Street, 24 acres on the east side of Denver's Cheesman Park, just 10 minutes from downtown. Chatfield Farms is south of the city in Littleton. The York Street...  Read More

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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One of Denver's truly unique and inspiring attractions, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre combines 640 acres of natural geological wonders with a concert and event venue known for its stunning acoustics. Attending a concert is just one reason to...  Read More

Cherry Creek State Park is located just to the east and south of Denver proper, in Aurora. It offers a huge expanse of natural prairie land, 12 miles of paved trails and 35 miles of multi-use trails, plus birding, fishing, camping, boating,...  Read More

Washington Park

"Wash Park," as it's known locally, is not just a gorgeous expanse of gardens, lakes and green, it's also a place where Denver's outdoor-loving residents work out and play–biking, walking, running, practicing yoga and tennis, or joining...  Read More

City Park

When it was created in 1882, City Park was 320 acres of windswept prairie. Today, it's acres of green and gardens, lakes, the 18-hole City Park Golf Course and it's home to the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science, including the...  Read More


Meet Christine Loomis

Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York,...  More About Christine

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