The list of activities in Evergreen Colorado is endless. From hiking and biking to shopping and dining, there is something for everyone to appreciate. The mountains offer outstanding scenery and below is a list of 8 breathtaking views you won’t want to miss.
Located less than 10 minutes from the Alpen Way, this mountain peak is part of Elk Meadow Park. Hiking trails begin in a beautiful meadow with various options depending on your interest. Those willing to make the trek to the top of Bergen Peak will be rewarded with stellar views of Denver and the foothills. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try starting your hike before daybreak so that you can witness the sun rising over the plains and the city coming to life for the day.
The drive to Mt. Blue Sky, formally known as Mt. Evans, includes the Colorado Scenic Byway which covers more than 7,000 feet in altitude gain. The peak of Mt. Blue Sky sits at an impressive 14,265 feet above sea level and it is one of the most accessible 14ers in Colorado. Visitors often see bighorn sheep and mountain goats as well as beautiful high alpine flowers. The Mt. Blue Sky Wilderness is a local favorite for watching the leaves change in the fall and there are several places to pull over and have a picnic while taking in the spectacular views.
Many visitors have heard of the Red Rocks Amphitheater as it is a famous concert venue that hosts world-class musicians. But did you know that the public is welcome to visit the park almost any time? As the name implies, large red rocks create impressive formations and beautiful scenery. There are hiking trails, a visitors center, and a restaurant for the public to enjoy. Early mornings you will find joggers making their way up and down the steep venue stairs and an occasional yoga class. The views of the city are photo-worthy any time of day, but catching the evening glow and the city lights as it gets dark is highly recommended.
A short walk from the Alpen Way Chalet is the heart of our mountain town. Evergreen Lake is a quintessential mountain lake surrounded by mountains and pine trees. It sits just west of Main Street for easy access to shops and dining. There is a relatively easy trail that circles the lake and plenty of spots to sit and enjoy the views. Wildlife is abundant in the area, so keep your eyes out for elk and even the resident bald eagle who often catches fish in the water.
Offering both city and mountain views, Mt. Falcon Park is a hidden gem in the foothills east of downtown Evergreen. The winding road leading to the trails takes you through the scenic towns of Kittredge and Indian Hills. Horses and bikes are welcome at the park in addition to hikers and there is a kid-friendly trail that leads to the Walker Mansion ruins. The views of the Denver suburbs are beautiful in the evenings and are a great option for watching city fireworks from a distance on the 4th of July.
As the name implies, Lookout Mountain is perched above Denver with spectacular views. The Ute Indians who first inhabited this area used the mountain as a lookout over the plains below, and there is a rich history to learn about when visiting. The park is home to the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave as well as the historical Boettcher Mansion. Children will enjoy the Nature Center which has interactive exhibits as well as a short hiking loop through the nature preserve.
Located just minutes from downtown Evergreen and 1.5 miles from Alpen Way Chalet, this park offers more than 16 miles of trails for visitors to enjoy. There are fantastic views of the mountains, impressive rock outcroppings, and scenic meadows. Some favorite trails for viewing Mt. Evans, Bald Mountain, and downtown Evergreen include Brothers Lookout, Sisters Loop, and the Summit Trail. There is no wrong way to visit the park but plan ahead for the ever-changing mountain weather.
Bison have been roaming the American plains since prehistoric times. These impressive mammals can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and have a long history of providing food, clothing, and fuel for Native Americans. Unfortunately, the population of bison in the American West has significantly declined due to the fur trade, and the development of cities so conservation efforts are in place to protect the species. Colorado visitors can witness these incredible animals in their natural habitat at two locations near Evergreen. There is the popular ‘Buffalo Overlook’ at I-70 Exit 254. In addition to seeing the herd of buffalo, the views of the rocky mountains from this exit are phenomenal. There is also a herd at a private ranch in Marshdale, on the south end of Evergreen. These buffalo can often be seen up close grazing next to North Turkey Creek road, so bring your camera.
It’s easy to see why visitors come to Evergreen and the Colorado front range. There are breathtaking views in every direction and the list above is just the start of a long list of locations for seeing the scenery.
The Alpen Way Chalet is conveniently located just ½ mile from downtown Evergreen with easy access to local sites as well as the surrounding parks and city views. Our lodge offers comfortable rooms tucked into the hillside where guests enjoy wildlife and the sounds of Little Cub Creek.
Book your next stay with us and be sure to share your scenic photos and adventure stories with the friendly staff. We look forward to welcoming you.