Buffalo Overlook views a large bison herd owned by the City of Denver at Genesee Park off of Interstate 70 west of Denver. The 30 or so bison, descendants of the last wild bison herd in the United States, come from a group of seven bison brought here from Yellowstone Park in 1914. The bison live on 743 acres divided into pastures on both the north and south sides of Interstate 70. A tunnel lets them pass between pastures. The overlook lies on the outside of a bend of Stapleton Road northeast of Exit 253 on I-70.The bison, one of the country’s most genetically pure herds, are often seen on the right side of the highway as you speed west to Georgetown and Eisenhower Tunnel so it’s a worthwhile stop to visit the overlook. Autumn and winter are often the best time to glimpse the shaggy beasts since they’re hay fed. In summer, they often hang out in shaded arroyos. The 2,413-acre park also harbors an elk herd.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green