Genesee Park is Denver's first mountain park that was obtained in 1912. The park is one of the largest in the Denver area and spans 2,413 acres. The name Genesee comes from the Native American word meaning shining valley. The park is split into two parts as the land is separated by Interstate 70. To the south is the Genesee Mountain which offers views of the Mount Vernon Canyon below and to the north is the Bald Mountain. The park also expands to the north and reaches Clear Creek Canyon. The park is located 20 miles west of Denver and is a popular weekend destination for residents of the city.
In 2007 a new 10 acre park was added on to Genesee. The scenic gateway view of the Front Range adds to the draw of this scenic park. Some of the features of the park include the historic 8.65 mile Beaver Brook Trail, the Braille Nature Trail at Stapleton Drive, Buffalo Overlook along the interstate, the Chief Hosa Lodge and Campground located at exit 253 off I-70, and a wide variety of youth programs and activities offered through the Genesee Experiential Center. The beautiful scenery and panoramic views make this park a popular Denver attraction.