The County of Denver maintains this buffalo herd about twenty miles west of the city. The bison are direct descendants of the last wild herd of bison in the U.S. They all came from a herd of 7 bison brought from Yellowstone National Park in 1914. The bison herd can be seen from I-70 when heading west into the mountains on the right side of the road.
If you are heading east towards Denver, look to your right because the bison could be on either side of the highway. However, by the time you see them, you’ll have passed the exit for the overlook.
They roam in a large natural setting so they aren’t always visible near the road. Your best chance for seeing them is to get off exit 254. If present, you’ll be able to see them at the first stop sign. If they are not visible on one side of the highway, be sure to check the large meadow on the other side of I-70. The bison are able to pass under the highway through a tunnel in order to get to their other pasture.
On a final note, buffalo are found in Africa and Asia, while the “buffalo” in North America are actually bison. While in Genesee Park, if you have kids with you or a sweet tooth, stop by Genesee Candy Land. They make delectable chocolate-covered bacon and over 20 varieties of fudge.
Address: Exit 254 Genesee Park on I-70, Golden
Season: Year-round | Depending on if the Bison are near the highway and in view