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All Denver Mountain Parks and the 4.2-mile Scenic Lariat Trail in Jefferson County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Beaver Brook Trail is a rugged hike preserved by Jefferson County Open Space and easement agreements completed by Denver in 1917-19 for 8.65 miles south and above Clear Creek Canyon. Access is off Colorow Road, the Lariat Trail, Gudy Gaskill Trail (west of Mount Vernon Country Club) and Stapleton Trail. JeffCo Open Space recently utilized a grant to construct a parking area at the original trailhead known as Windy Saddle on the historic Lariat Trail.

Lookout Mountain Park was acquired in 1917 for the burial of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. The Grave, Pahaska Teepee (gift shop), and Museum receive over 500,000 visitors annually. The 66 acres include a historic stone picnic shelter and hiking trails.

Genesee Park was protected by Denver businessmen who purchased it from a timber company in 1911. After Denver voters approved creating a mountain park system in 1912, Genesee was the first acquisition. The initial Genesee Bison Herd was transported from Yellowstone National Park in 1914. The herd can be seen north of I-70 at exit 254. Genesee Park’s 2,403 acres was divided in 1936 for Hwy 40 and again in 1972 for I-70. South of I-70 (Genesee Drive) facilities include trails, a stone shelter and house, toilets, ball fields, summit flag pole, Chief Hosa Lodge & Campground and extraordinary views. Facilities north of I-70 (Stapleton Drive) include experiential recreation area, Braille Trail and connection with the historic Beaver Brook Trail.

Fillius Park is 108 acres (preserved in 1915-18) west of the traffic signal at Bergen Parkway with historic stone shelters, grills, toilets, and picnic tables. The summit on the south side of the park offers picnic tables with extraordinary views of the Continental Divide.

Bergen Park is 25 acres, south of shopping area, that was preserved in 1915. It offers historic stone picnic shelters, toilets and a trail that connects with JeffCo Open Space Pioneer Trail, which ends at Evergreen Lake.

Dedisse Park is 420 acres preserved in 1919 with historic stone shelters and bridge, a golf course (acquired in 1926) and Evergreen Lake and Dam for fishing and boat recreation in 1928. After the 1976 Big Thompson flood, Denver’s liability was released with agreements with Evergreen Metro District, Evergreen Parks & Rec District, and JeffCo Open Space.

Pence/O’Fallen/Corwina Parks are 1480 acres at Hwy 74 in Bear Creek Canyon, east of Kittredge, preserved 1914-38. It was known as Denver’s Municipal Trout Stream during the 1920s. Outstanding stone shelters and bridges remain in these beautiful parks.

Little Park is 400 acres south of Idledale, preserved in 1914 as part of Denver acquisition of four miles of Bear Creek Canyon Frontage to protect it from development by 1920.

Red Rocks Park is a 804-acre “Natural Museum of Antiquity” preserved 1927-2001. Denver built Alameda Drive to access Red Rocks and five miles of roadway within the park to a historic Pueblo (gift shop) in the 1920s. The Amphitheatre was constructed in the “Garden of the Angels” by the federal Civil Conservation Corp 1935-41. A $20 million Visitor Center was completed in 2003.

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