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.
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