Genesee is reported to be a Native American term for "shining valley." Cut by I-
Denver's largest mountain park, Genesee offers diverse visitor experiences, from group gatherings and individual picnicking to bison-
The park contains two mountains, Genesee Mountain at 8,284 feet (2,525 m) above sea level and Bald Mountain at 7,988 feet (2,435 m) above sea level. The park also contains forests of ponderosa pine, Douglas-
Genesee Park was an early focal point in Mountain Park acquisition. Before the Mountain Parks Commission (MPC) was fully organized, private companies planned to log areas of old-
Advocates of the new park system rushed to acquire these lands and held them until the MPC was ready to purchase them. Genesee was the first park in the system, and remains the largest, with new acreage added in 1937 and 2007. In 1914, Denver acquired bison and elk from the herds at Yellowstone Park, and Genesee Park took on a new role in helping maintain these two species, then nearing extinction. Watching the bison herd along I-
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