The History Hike Project

History Hike Location Map

The lands within and around Genesee hold historical artifacts that provide intriguing glimpses of a colorful past.  Thirty-two sites have been marked on these tours, 16 along the walks and 16 along the drive. There are two walking tours: a two-hour hike (section A) and a one-hour hike (section B).  All sites are accessible on open space (no private property access) and/or by walking along Genesee roads.  The driving tour takes a minimum of 45 minutes but more time is recommended to read the signage at each location and explore the sites.      

For the driving tour, we suggest touring sites C21, C22, C30, C31, C32 then going up Genesee Mountain Road to the Denver Parks sign on the left - Genesee Drive.  Continuing up that road takes you to the top of Genesee Mountain and the DAR memorial; nice view from the top. Take the road down the mountain to sites C29, C27, and C28. Get back on the I-70 E and take the next exit, Genesee Park 254.  Go across the freeway bridge and turn right on to US 40. More of C28 is visible (buffalo herd), then proceed to sites C25, C26, C24, C23 and return to Genesee over I-70/256 exit bridge.

The History Hike Project is a combination of hiking and driving tours that celebrate the history of Genesee and the proximate surrounding areas.  The goals of the project are:

  • Mark areas in Genesee of historical interest and provide information about each site on the Genesee Foundation website.
  • Encourage residents to visit the sites by providing a suggested hiking/walking route on Genesee Open Space only. 
  • Provide a driving tour map with information on nearby sites relevant to Genesee historical areas.
  • Leverage research and history hike information already available while encouraging others to contribute to the knowledge base of historical data.

The project consists of 32 sites - 16 on the walking tour and 16 on the driving tour.  The walking tour is divided into two sections to allow for a two hour hike (section A) and a one hour hike (section B).  All hiking times are approximate.  The driving tour takes a minimum of 45 minutes but more time is recommended to read the existing signage already at the locations and explore the sites, where applicable.  A numbered description of each site is attached.

To implement the project, the following tasks must be completed:

  • Approval of the Genesee Board of Directors to create a new hike.  Please note that new trails will NOT be required to access the points on the hike.  Only permission to put markers on open space is required.
  • Installation of hike markers.  The markers will look exactly like the current trail markers except the plastic square will be colored brown instead of green.  This concept has been conditionally approved by the Architectural Review Committee.  The necessary budget including materials and labor for installing these markers is attached.
  • Genesee website data upload.  Maps and information by site including sources must be available to download.  Hard copies can be made available at the Foundation office.  An audio version of the hike will be made available in the future for download.

This project is ongoing and collaborative. Once this project is approved by the Board, a Genescene article to advertise the hike will be written.  This article will also encourage residents to contribute historical research (such as on Native American tribes in this area, mining, farming, etc.) to this effort. A special thank to Bob Dunlap for creating and leading history hikes in the area as well as helping to organize this project.  We would also like to thank Galen Knickel and Barbara Stanton for their contributions to the research database; Ryan Babcock for assistance with open space management questions;  the GEM committee members for their input and support of the project; Cecilia Amatangelo for researching historical sites and providing logistical support; and the Foundation staff for assisting us with understanding the processes to implement this project.

* If you have more information about these sites or additional historical sites, you can help expand these tours!  Contact Mary Cherny at