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Denver’s Mountain Park system began forming in 1912 with the acquisition of Genesee Park. At 2,413 acres, it is the largest Denver Mountain Park and offers large picnic areas, hiking, outdoor recreation programming and camping at Chief Hosa Campground, along with an event rental space at Chief Hosa Lodge. Genesee Park is also home to one of Denver’s bison herd, providing unique wildlife viewing opportunities for both park visitors and travelers on Interstate 70.

Countless kids have made their first-ever turns at Bogus Basin. Whether it’s with their families, friends, or through one of the many affordable school outreach programs, Bogus Basin exists to serve generations of Idahoans – from age 2 to 102. Once you reach a fork in the road, continue on Forest Road 543 for roughly 3 miles until you reach the lake. Head west on 285 South until you reach the small town of Bailey. Turn left onto Country Road 68 and proceed straight for 11 miles until you reach the lake. To find your next adventure, use the advanced search feature to locate a park by recreation activity, state, or topic.

My husband and I and our family have been regular visitors to Wellington Lake since 1994 and we were always welcome to fish and camp. I do not recommend this place anymore my husband and I and my family are trying to find another place to hang out even if it’s for the day. The campground sits on the northern end of Lake Moomaw, a manmade lake covering 2,530 acres along the Jackson River. The lake is held by Gathright Dam, constructed in the 1980’s by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control. The lake’s average depth is 80 feet and it has 43 miles of wooded shoreline making it the second largest impoudment in western virginia.

But a $60 million ask would tick off a number of the most requested improvements, McCormack noted. The question now is whether or not local residents are interested in paying for the improvements they have said they want. In the coming weeks, Mountain Recreation hopes to have that answer. McCormack noted that while Mountain Recreation’s facilities are popular, they are aging.

Some of the land within the Denver Mountain Parks system were acquired for their open space value and never intended to be developed. Prominent mountain tops, dense forests and riparian corridors provide critical wildlife habitat, watershed protection and dramatic scenic backdrops. Summit Lake Park’s 160 acres are surrounded by National Forest and the Mount Evans Wilderness area. Fees charged to access the park and road help maintain services and facilities at this high altitude.

At an elevation of 10,600 feet, Echo Lake Park is the only Denver Mountain Park within the sub-alpine zone. The 24-acre natural lake at the base of Goliath Peak is popular for fishing and reflects wonderful views of Mt. Evans. Visitors are requested to stay on trails, as a 10,000-year-old fen at the east end of the lake provides important wildlife habitat.

Denver’s bison herd has been important in protecting genetic diversity and supporting population recovery, and for connecting Denver residents and visitors to an important part of our native ecosystem.Learn more. Echo Lake Lodge is a historic log building that was built in 1927 and is a seasonal gift shop and restaurant. Forest Service, DPR maintains Mount Evans Road and scenic byway which leads to Summit Lake and Mount Evans Recreation Area during warm-weather months. Trails from Echo Lake Park connect to the Chicago Lakes and Bear Track Lakes trails, accessing the Mount Evans Wilderness Area and the summit of Mt. Evans. Sign up for our community newsletter and be first to know about Mountain Recreation news, specials, events, and more.

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