About Lookout Mountain:
Road bikers can take Lookout Mountain Road for a paved road with elevation gains. Drivers should watch out for bikes on the winding road as it nears Highway 6. Mountain bikers can navigate the Chimney Gulch/Lookout Mountain trail, which starts on Highway 6 and goes to the top of Lookout Mountain. For motivation on the steep hills, read the benefits of mountain biking.
For rock climbers, Lookout Mountain offers bolted routes rated 5.7 - 5.10c in difficulty. Bring your own ropes, harnesses and other climbing equipment for the routes. Read 10 tips for safe climbing for helpful hints on rock climbing.
At the top of Lookout Mountain, visitors can enjoy a view that looks out over Denver. Buffalo Bill's grave and memorial museum both lie atop the mountain. The museum offers a glimpse into the life of William F. Cody, buffalo hunter extraordinaire and star of the Wild West Show.
History of Lookout Mountain:
Charles Boettcher, who founded Great Western Sugar Company and the Ideal Cement Company, owned the majority of Lookout Mountain. He built a luxurious mountain lodge in 1917 on top of the mountain, which now is known as the "Boettcher Mansion." The mansion can now be rented out for weddings and other special occasions.
After Boettcher's death in 1948, the family continued to use the lodge. Charline Breeden, a granddaughter of Charles Boettcher, donated 110 acres of land and the lodge to Jefferson County a few years before she died in 1972.
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Directions from I-70:
From Denver, travel west on I-70. Take exit #256 and follow the brown signs to Lookout Mountain.
Directions from Highway 6:
From Denver, travel west on Highway 6 until you reach Golden. Turn left onto 19th Street, which briefly goes through a residential neighborhood. Then follow Lookout Mountain Road to the top of the mountain. For newcomers to Denver, the road is a winding road with a posted speed limit of 20 mph.