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Recent Efforts for the Mountain Parks

In recent years, cooperative efforts to protect and enhance the Mountain Parks system and its various components have included planning and management projects with related programs, including Jefferson Co. Open Space. Denver and its Mountain Parks System are looking ahead to ensure that these special historic parks continue to serve Denver citizens and regional visitors.

  • Mountain Parks Master Plan, approved September 2008
    Denver Mountain Parks and the Denver Parks & Recreation Department have announced that the Master Plan is now available. The plan was developed by Mundus-Bishop Design consultants and Parks & Rec staff, with guidance from a multi-county Advisory Board and in cooperation with the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation. Download Master Plan.

  • Buffalo Overlook, in progress
    CDOT funding through the Scenic & Historic Byway Program will support the design and construction of a new overlook at the I-70 Genesee Exit (254). Under the leadership of the Lariat Loop partnership, a new interpretive area will enhance visitor experience at this historic site.

  • National Historic Landmark Designation, in progress
    Mountain Parks is working with Denver Parks & Recreation, Theatres & Arenas, Friends of Red Rocks, and the National Park Service to seek designation of Red Rocks Park, including the historic Mt. Morrison CCC Camp, as a National Historic Landmark.

  • Lariat Loop Corridor Management Plan, 2006
    Completed in July 2006, this plan identifies management needs and cooperative efforts required to maintain the Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway.

  • Little Known Jewels, 2006
    In cooperation with other Front Range recreation providers, Mountain Parks participated in the development of a booklet to guide visitors to recreation opportunities throughout the area. Download this booklet.

  • Game Plan, 2003
    The City worked more than two years to complete this strategic plan for its parks, recreation facilities, and natural open spaces. A supplement to the City's Comprehensive Plan, it also addresses the Denver Mountain Parks system.

  • Recreation Management Plan (with Jeffco Open Space), 2002
    Mountain Parks and Jefferson Co. Open Space together manage a regional system of 40,000 acres. A joint plan was developed to improve recreational opportunities among adjacent parks in these two systems. To access the plan, go to Recreation Management Plan introduction. This project was partially funded by a Heritage Smart Growth Grant from the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

  • Lariat Loop Interpretive Plan, 2002
    In cooperation with partners of the Lariat Loop Heritage Alliance, this plan outlines interpretive needs and facilities along the Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway.

  • Historic Structure Needs Assessment, 2001
    Local architects and planners helped review the condition of historic shelters and other structures in the mountain parks. A plan for improvements was developed and is being carried out in phases. Work to date includes critical repairs to Chief Hosa Lodge, Echo Lake Lodge and Pahaska Teepee.

  • Red Rocks Park Master Plan, 1995
    Jointly commissioned by the Division of Theatres & Arenas and the Parks and Recreation Department, this plan helped define a long-term approach for park management, identify types and levels of use, and address the need for protection and stabilization of significant Park and Amphitheatre features.



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