These Denver Parks Are Real Hidden Gems

These Denver Parks Are Real Hidden Gems

A vast number of parks exist in Denver; however, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are worth your time. Finding just the right park or two can fill a weekend with fun and excitement for families and friends. 

As a result, I have put together a list of three parks that are worth your attention. The following is a quick list:

• Genesee Park

• Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

• Four Mile Historic Park

1. Genesee Park

Genesee Park was acquired in the year 1912. It is also the most historic of all the Denver mountain range parks. Its landscapes are amazing. The park itself is 2,413 acres. This park is a great getaway opportunity for campers and RVers alike as the Chief Hosa Campground finds its home here.

If any of you enjoy a challenging hike, this park is perfect for you. The Beaver Brook Trail runs through 11.5 miles of the Genesee Park and will both thrill and challenge those of you looking for a good adventure. This trail is open from May-November, so you will want to be sure to plan accordingly.

2. Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave is also located in another part of Denver’s mountain park system. This historic site is actually found within the Lookout Mountain Park.

While this specific site may be a popular attraction for many, there are still a large body of people who have yet to visit Buffalo Bill’s Museum and Grave.

This theatrical man was buried by request on the top of Lookout Mountain, and therefore one of the most amazing features of this location is the drive itself. With the twists, turns, and views all the way up to Bill’s grave, it will surely be a drive and a trip to remember.

3. Four Mile Historic Park

The Four Mile Historic Park has a rich history. For any of you who have a love for history, this would be a great place for you. If you have a family with children, this is also a wonderful place to spend a Saturday.

The Four Mile Historic Park is home to Denver’s longest standing building, known as the Four Mile House Museum. This park contains guided tours where you and your family can learn about the lush history.

When you are done with the tour, you will be able to spend time enjoying a day on the farm. Make sure to check out the ducks and the chickens – the children will love it, and it will make it a day to be remembered.

If that is not enough, try panning for gold within the park. Live like a settler and see what life was like in the 1800s at this historic site. Sights, shows, and tours will fill a day with excitement and memories.


Whether or not you have already visited these parks, they are certainly worth your attention. These are truly gems that merit your time and consideration.

If you love a good challenge, you’ll have to make sure you check out Genesee Park. If you love scenic drives and views from mountain peaks, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. Finally, if you are a history buff, you will have a wonderful time at Four Mile Historic Park.

Check them out, and I’m sure you will be pleased as you develop memories that will last a lifetime.

A Quick Review Of The Denver Broncos

A Quick Review Of The Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos is a storied franchise with much success throughout its 61 seasons. This includes eight Super Bowl appearances and three Super Bowl wins, a 23-19 playoff record, and a 488-434-10 overall record. Let’s reminisce over some of the greatest Broncos of all times to go along with some impressive numbers prior to looking at the team’s current situation.

Broncos All-Time Leaders

 When it comes to the Denver Broncos, the first name that should jump out at you is John Elway, and for a good reason. He is the all-time passing leader for the Broncos with 51,475 yards and 300 TDs.

 Terrell Davis is the all-time leading rusher with 7,607 yards and 60 TDs. Rod Smith is the all-time leading receiver with 849 receptions, 11,389 yards, and 68 TDs. The all-time leading scorer is Jason Elam, with 1,786 points. The all-time leading scorer for a team will often be the kicker, simply because he gets the most opportunities to score.

 On the defensive side of the ball, Von Miller is the all-time sacks leader with 106. The all-time leader for interceptions is Steve Foley, with 44.

 The winningest coach for the Broncos is Mike Shanahan, with a record of 138-76.

 Let’s not forget some other all-time great Broncos players, including Champ Bailey, Peyton Manning, Shannon Sharpe, and Steve Atwater.

An Elway Story + QB Draft Picks

 What most people don’t know is that John Elway wasn’t drafted by the Broncos. He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts. This is despite the fact that Elway warned the Colts not to draft him because they hadn’t seen success for a long time and didn’t want to be stuck on a losing team. He wanted to win championships. After being drafted by the Colts, Elway announced that he refused to play for them. He was then traded to the Broncos.

 If you’re curious as to what QBs the Broncos have drafted, they include Brock Osweiler, Tim Tebow, Jay Cutler, Brian Griese, Tommy Maddox, Gary Kubiak, John Hufnagel, and Al Pastrana. We can refer to this as a mild success.

Current Broncos Drama & Situation

 To be blunt, the current Broncos situation is a mess. In fact, I was there last year just before Covid for a tour of the stadium and gathered some interesting information. As a side note, if you ever want to know what’s going on behind the scenes, take the stadium tour when it’s not too crowded and ask questions. They will tell you everything you need to know.

 I learned that the owner is a mess. To give you the simple version, Elway knows what he’s doing but had some disagreements with former owner Pat Bowlen. This led to friction at the top, and not the best decision-making. Since that time, Elway has given up his General Manager position and is now President of Football Operations. Unfortunately, this isn’t likely to change much.

 Drew Lock is the starting QB. With a completion percentage of 75.3%, a TD/INT ratio of 16/15, and 2,933 yards, it’s not going to be easy.

Visit Some Great Hiking Trails Around Colorado

Visit Some Great Hiking Trails Around Colorado

Hiking in Colorado is the second most preferred activity next to skiing. If you aren’t a big skiing buff, then hiking around the beautiful country of this state is well worth the trip. It’s also one of the safest travel options during a pandemic because you are outdoors and breathing in a lot of uncirculated fresh air.

 Here are some of the best hiking trails for you to visit when you go to Colorado on vacation.

Seven Bridges Trail

 This is a very scenic hike along Cheyenne Canyon. Mountains and hills rise up around you; the aspen trees Colorado is known for growing everywhere. The shortened version of the trek is 1.6 miles one way. Turn around and come back to parking for a full 3.2 miles. If you are much more adventurous and your feet aren’t hurting, you can continue on after 1.6 miles for another two miles to reach Jones Park.

 There is a very little elevation on the trail, making it ideal for kids and dogs to trek too. The trail is named for the seven-foot bridges you cross over the brooks, river, and stream on the trail. The prettiest time of year for a hike here is in fall when the leaves all change color and the aspen leaves are all silvery.

Trail Around Bear Lake

 Bear Lake is situated in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. You can drive up to Bear Lake and see the mountains from your car. Once you are at Bear Lake, there is a nice, even, flat trail that goes all the way around the beautiful, glassy blue lake that reflects the mountains and the trees around it.

 In winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing enthusiasts are able to take the trail around the lake too. Summer is the best time of year for this trail because when you are done hiking once around the lake, you can peel off sweaty clothes and take a refreshing dip in the lake in your swimsuits.

 There are other trails around Bear Lake, some much more difficult and strenuous than the one circling the lake. If you have small children, stick to the lake circle as it is the easiest. Older children may be able to make some of the intermediate trails, but only teens and adults will manage the most difficult trails.

Hanging Lake Trail

 The draw for this trail is that along the way. You will encounter a beautiful triple set of waterfalls pooling into the most pristine turquoise lake you have ever seen. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime hike not to be missed. The trailhead and related park are only open from May to October, but if you go during this time, you will not be disappointed.

 The busiest times, of course, are during the summer months when families are taking vacations. Go in late May or September or October, if you are going alone. Go in early June if you have kids in tow to avoid the heavy crowds on the trails.

 Hanging Lake Trail is located near Glenwood Springs, CO. It is a moderate 3-mile round trip trail, making it an easy trail to hike for anyone who thinks they can’t hike more than a couple of miles. It is often a popular field trip for school kids, so you may see a large group hiking on the trail during the school months.

 The hike’s first stretch follows the Colorado River’s west bank, and then you are heading through a canyon between mountains and hills to get to the lake itself. After taking some pics and dipping your toes in the turquoise water of the lake, you turn around and head back out. Parking is available near the trailhead if you drive there rather than take an alternate form of transportation.