Discovering Denver Parks

Discovering Denver Parks

A Local's Guide

Chris Englert


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This easy-to-use, informative, and fun guidebook covers the range of what Denver has to offer, from tiny pocket parks to expansive open space, classic park facilities to conservation zones. It even explores destination parks in the foothills just beyond the city. Each park’s listing includes:

  • Icons for key features: accessibility, kid-friendly, dog-friendly, views, historic significance, public art, gardens, unpaved trails, paved trails, lakefront, riverfront, spray park/wading pool, horseback riding and--because it’s Denver--winter sports.
  • Notes for other major amenities, such as restrooms, shelters, playgrounds, and more
  • Public transportation, driving, and parking directions
  • Details on each park’s history and size
  • History and descriptive highlights such as sledding hills, water features, mountain biking paths, and more
  • Ways to extend your park visit with easy add-on walks or bike rides to other nearby parks or attractions
Discovering Denver Parks will keep families, walkers, dog-lovers, and kids of all ages busy with year-round exploration and fun!


Chris Englert:
Chris Englert moved to Denver in 2013 and decided to walk all of Denver’s trails and neighborhoods. Walking raised questions for her: why were parks named the way they were, where could she find a good place for kids to play, and what made each park special? She has since become the authority on Denver’s parks and trails. She is also the author of Best Urban Hikes: Denver (Colorado Mountain Club Press, 2020). Learn more at or visit her on Instragram, Facebook and Twitter @denverbyfoot.