Session Details

Denver’s Mountain Parks and Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy

In the early 1900s, Denver acquired 14,000 acres of mountain and foothill land that set the stage for tourism and an enviable string of scenic mountain parks. From the Mt. Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp at Red Rocks Park through Genesee Park and the Lariat Loop, explore work by the Olmsted Brothers, JD Benedict, and the CCC workers that built the architecturally significant stone and timber structures, roads, and trails that make the Mountain Parks uniquely Denver. Enjoy an extensive scenic tour of Denver's mountain parks system as we drive the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway – originally part of the scenic circles developed and promoted by Denver to help residents and visitors experience the mountains.

Retrace the motoring adventures of the early 1900s and experience the thrill of foothills exploration while driving the first gateway to the mountains. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Red Rocks amphitheater and CCC camp, walk around Evergreen Lake at Dedisse Park, and visit Denver's historic Genesee bison herd.

Note: Participants are strongly encouraged to have acclimated to altitude for at least 24-36 hours. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended.