AUTO TRIPS -- DENVER'S MOUNTAIN PARKS
--from Municipal Facts, Vol. 3, No. 4-5, April-May 1920
A series of picturesque natural parks in the mountains west of Denver, easily reached by the well built 65-mile Mountain Park Road--a scenic automobile highway that wends its way over the mountain tops and through beautiful canons dotted with summer homes and resorts, whispering pines, quaking aspen and wild flowers--the most useful and unique vacation center ever acquired by a municipality for its citizens and visitors. Over 500,000 is expended each year by the city of Denver to build and improve roads and bridges, maintain a fenced game preserve for buffalo, elk, deer, and provide free campsites, picnic grounds, shelter houses, wood, water and police supervision. Last year over 450,000 visitors enjoyed Denver's picturesque Mountain Parks for from four hours to three months.
Visitors can engage autos in Denver or drive their own cars in safety and comfort from the business district and hotels to the State Capitol Building and Broadway, then west via Colfax Avenue past Civic Center, Pioneer Monument, Carnegie Library and Mint, over one mile viaduct and concrete boulevard to Lakewood Country Club and Golden; 13 miles, altitude 5,675 feet; side trips Golden Canon, Arvada and Coal Creek Canon and Guy Gulch to Black Hawk and Central City. Leaving Golden, climb starts to Lookout Mountain, sensation point, double hairpin curve, windy saddle, engineers lariat, spring house, comfort station, windy point, wildcat point, W. F. Cody's (Buffalo Bill) Grave, summit of Lookout Mountain; 21 miles, altitude 7,300 feet. Continue on main road past reservoir, shelter house and picnic grounds to Colorow Point, Mt. Vernon Canon, Genessee Park, Hosa Lodge, and tent camp; 25 miles; side trip to Genesee Peak and wild game preserve. Continuing on main road, fine view of Squaw Mountain, Gray's Peak, Torrey's Peak and the Snowy Range to Bergen Park, with swings, fireplaces, and picnic grounds; 30 miles, altitude 7,862 feet. Two roads branch here from main road, one to Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Silver Plume, and
Berthoud Pass to Grand Lake; the other, a new road, to Mount Evans Area. Mountain Park Road continues on to hairpin curve and Evergreen; 35 miles, altitude 7,005 feet.
Side trips here to Troutdale, Bendemeer and Mount Evans area; also Bob Creek, Turkey Creek Canon, Conifer, Shaffer’s Crossing, Elk Creek Canon, Platte Canon summer resorts and fishing. From Evergreen on main road you pass through Bear Creek Canon and summer homes to horsehoe curve; Serpentine Trail, Park of the Red Rocks and Morrison; 47 miles, altitude 5,659 feet. Side trips to Turkey Creek Canon, Fort Logan, Loretto Heights. From Morrison on main road to Midway, old hanging tree, Alameda subway and Broadway; 61 miles, altitude 4,980 feet. Turn left on Broadway to Base Ball Park, Cherry Creek, Speer Boulevard and State Capitol Building, Business District and hotels; 65 miles, altitude 5,280 feet.