The Denver Mountain Parks have inspired visitors for more than a century. The 22 accessible parks and 24 mostly inaccessible conservation areas total more than 14,000 acres and comprise one of the most expansive and unique park systems in the West. All outside Denver city limits, they extend across the mountains and foothills of Jefferson, Clear Creek, Douglas and Grand Counties, Colorado. From the oak woodlands of Daniels Park, where the legendary Indian Scout Kit Carson built his last campfire, to the alpine lake near Mt. Evans with a 10,000 year old fen and plants found nowhere else outside the Arctic Circle, the parks showcase an extraordinary variety of settings. Denver Mountain Parks' visitors can enjoy a world-class concert at Red Rocks, the most acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world, ski at international resort at Winter Park, and explore important historic sites such as Lookout Mountain, the final resting place of Buffalo Bill Cody--in addition to hiking, fishing, golfing, picnicking or simply relaxing.
This book features new John Fielder photographs, as well as then and now images made by Fielder from old postcards and other historical photographs. The photographs decorate a complete written history of the park system.
About the Author
John Fielder is Colorado's best-known nature photographer, publisher, teacher and preservationist with 39 exhibit-format books and guidebooks to his credit, including John Fielder's Best of Colorado and Colorado 1870-2000. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography (1993) and the Aldo Leopold Foundation's first ever Achievement Award (2011). John Fielder's photography has influenced people and legislation, and he has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado's open space and wildlands.