Denver began buying park property in the foothills west of the city in the 1910s and 1920s to provide places for residents and visitors to enjoy mountain scenery and outings. Today, 22 developed parks and 24 conservation areas make up the 14,000-acre Denver Mountain Parks system, originally planned by Fredrick Law Olmsted, Jr. Much of the acreage is in Jefferson County, especially in the Evergreen area. During the summer months JustAroundHere.com will be featuring parks in the Evergreen area, encouraging you to check them out in your spare time.
Fillius Park, with nearby Bergen Park, provided early tourists a gateway to the Mount Evans region. [https://www.codot.gov/travel/scenic-byways/north-central/mount-evans]. These stopping points along the way were an important amenity, providing a scenic rest spot for travelers as well as the water their automobiles required, made available by wellhouses at each of these early parks.
Once on the main road to Evergreen, at the intersection with Soda Creek Rd., Fillius Park is now bypassed by the Evergreen Parkway. Turn north at Bergen/Evergreen Parkway intersection to access this 108-acre park. Trails are limited to the picnic area.
The stone picnic shelter, restored to the original Benedict design by Mountain Parks crews in 2004, captures views of the continental divide. It is available for informal use or group use by reservation. The park was named for Jacob Fillius, an early member of the Mountain Parks Advisory Commission.
West of Soda Creek Road is a former picnic area. The park road, now closed, provides a short walking trail. See park map.
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Read all about it: Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream, featuring photographs by John Fielder, is available at Amazon.com. Written by Wendy Rex-Atzet, Sally L. White, and Erika R. Walker, the book contains extensive history of the system, then/now photos, and a guide to the parks. Denver Mountain Parks Foundation, 2013.
Mountain Parks Attractions, City website