Several neglected historic shelters in the DMP system are getting upgrades, thanks to DMPF's capital campaign, and more projects are planned. We're happy to see these projects moving forward, thanks to all our donors! In conjunction with the construction of CDOT's bike trail along I-70 from Exit 254 to Exit 252, a new Bison Overlook … Continue reading Shelter Reconstruction Underway
We're belatedly catching up on this year's news around the Denver Mountain Parks system. Here are some of the developments since we last posted on this site: In February, we published a recap of news and events in 2015, including launch of our capital campaign for shelter restoration and our fundraiser in October. Read or … Continue reading Around the DMP System
As of August 4, 2015, Red Rocks Park and Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp have been designated as Colorado's newest National Historic Landmark (NHL)! This long process officially began in about 2004 at the suggestion of the Friends of Red Rocks, a nonprofit group formed in 1995 to advocate for the park. The work … Continue reading Red Rocks Park and CCC Camp New Landmark
We owe a lot of the later history of Denver Mountain Parks to Pat Gallavan, who served as superintendent from 1960 to 1970. Always solid in his support for these special parks, Pat documented his period of tenure and lobbied, usually unsuccessfully, for funds for basic maintenance and improvements. He oversaw the designation of Summit … Continue reading In Honor of Pat Gallavan
Since 2006, the Intermountain Regional Office of the National Park Service has been working with Denver staff and other parties to nominate Red Rocks Park and amphitheatre, including the Mount Morrison CCC Camp and associated resources, as a National Historic Landmark. Following extensive review and revision of the nomination documents by NPS staff here and … Continue reading Red Rocks Park on its way to National Landmark Status
We won! In case you missed it, on June 13th, we were awarded the Colorado Book Award for Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream. Authors Wendy Rex-Atzet and Erika Walker traveled to Aspen with high hopes, and indeed, the trip proved to be a huge moment for the book, and for all … Continue reading Colorado Book Award in History
We just got the good news: "Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book is pleased to announce that your entry, Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream, has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Colorado Book Awards History category." This is a really significant thing. The exposure that this book has … Continue reading Colorado Book Awards Finalist!
[Courtesy VISIT DENVER, the Convention and Visitors Bureau] Mayor Michael Hancock accepts Visit Denver Tourism Star Award on behalf of Denver Mountain Parks March 20, 2014. W. Bart Berger also received the award on behalf of the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation. Let me thank Visit Denver and the Foundation for this award. Let me thank … Continue reading Mayor Hancock accepts Tourism Award
Tonight, Denver Mountain Parks will be honored as a recipient of Visit Denver's Tourism Star Award for the historic system's contributions to Denver tourism. On behalf of the City, Mayor Michael Hancock will accept the award, and Chair W. Bart Berger will receive the award on behalf of the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation. The award … Continue reading Mountain Parks Receives Tourism Award
Yep, since we posted two days ago, we have a couple great new links to share. The Magnificent Dream is now at Costco! Just in time for the holidays, check out our first-ever Denver Mountain Parks book, with splendid photos and a definitive historical account, as well as a guidebook to the parks themselves. Now … Continue reading Even more news!