Lookout Mountain Park sits atop 7,374-foot Lookout Mountain on the edge of the Front Range above Golden. The 66-acre Denver Mountain Park, once a favored viewpoint of Ute Indians, is the gravesite of famed frontiersman William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. The Buffalo Bill Museum in the park honors his memory. The park offers wide-ranging views across the Denver metro area, including downtown skyscrapers to the east and the Continental Divide peaks to the west. Jefferson County Open Space lands, including Windy Saddle Park and Lookout Nature Preserve, abut Lookout Mountain. Besides visiting the museum, visitors enjoy hiking the Buffalo Bill and Lookout Mountain trails to Colorow Point, another Denver mountain park with stunning views.
- The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave lies in Lookout Mountain Park. William F. Cody, nicknamed Buffalo Bill, was one of the hunters who almost exterminated the bison from western North America. The museum commemorates his life and times with Native American artifacts, exhibits of his famed Wild West Show, and memorabilia. His gravesite near the museum is free to visitors. For more info, call 303-526-0744.
- Colorow Point on the west flank of Lookout Mountain is a scenic overlook of rugged Clear Creek Canyon below and the Continental Divide peaks to the west. Colorow Point, the smallest Denver Mountain Park with only 0.37 acres, is named for Colorow, a famed Ute Indian chief.
- A good 1.6-mile roundtrip hike runs from the Buffalo Bill Museum to Colorow Point. Start the hike on the north side of the museum parking lot and follow the Buffalo Bill Trail for 0.5 miles to a junction with Lookout Mountain Trail. Keep left on it and hike 0.3 miles to Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Colorow Point to the north. Reverse the trails to return.
- Genesee Park, Denver’s largest mountain park, is a gateway to the Rockies. The park has herds of bison and elk, spectacular mountain views, the historic 8.6-mile Beaver Brook Trail, the Chief Hosa Lodge and Campground, a Braille Nature Trail, and kid’s education programs at the Genesee Experiential Center.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green