Evergreen Colorado gets its name from the large population of conifers and ancient trees in the region. Thousands of acres of parkland are offered throughout the city and its surroundings, which are located at an elevation of over 7,220 feet. Popular outdoor recreation areas include Evergreen Lake, created in 1927 by the nearby Bear Creek Dam. Here you can also find many Hiking and Biking Trails that will be perfect for any type of activity. Today we will take you to discover the best things to do in Evergreen Colorado!
Evergreen Lake is a charming public lakeside facility and park in Evergreen, offering stunning panoramic views of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The lake offers fishing opportunities in the summer months and ice skating is allowed in the winter months when the lake is frozen over. The 1.5-kilometer Evergreen Lake Trail traverses a loop around the lake, offering natural surfaces for walking and jogging, though visitors should note that sections of the trail do not allow for foot or wheelchair access.
Alderfer / Three Sisters Park
Alderfer / Three Sisters Park is a beautiful 1,127-acre public park in the heart of Evergreen, featuring tall ponderosa pine forests and stunning views of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The park has more trails per acre than any public park in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, offering over 15 miles of publicly accessible trails for hiking and biking.
Routes range from easy family walks to strenuous hikes for more experienced hikers, including the 0.6km Wild Iris loop that runs through mountain meadows, the Evergreen Mountain East Trail, and the Sisters Trail that climbs to the top. We always recommend that you check out Evergreen Colorado Weather before your trip.
Mount Goliath Natural Area
The Goliath Mountain nature area protects North America’s largest Bristlecone pine forest, an internationally recognized site for alpine ecology research. The nature area is centered around the majestic Mount Goliath near Idaho Springs in the Arapaho National Forest near Mount Evans.
Some of Colorado’s oldest trees are found in the wild, including trees that can grow up to 2,500 years old. Visitors can explore the tallest botanical garden crop in the United States at the Dos Chappell Nature Center, or explore the 1.5-kilometer M. Walter Pesman trail that runs through beautiful subalpine forests and wildflower areas.
The Beaver Brook Watershed Trail
The Beaver Brook Watershed Trail is a beautiful round trip Evergreen trail that offers an easy trail for hikers of all skill levels that crosses Beaver Brook Watershed. Unlike most of the hiking trails in the area, the trail starts at the highest point, crossing the catchment area.
Since most of the hike crosses the former 4WD trail, most of the trail has a sandy and dirty area. Hikers can circle the basin at the end of their hike or continue on the trail after reaching the bottom. Dogs are allowed on a leash on a trail that passes through a variety of native animals including mountain lions, moose, deer, and wild turkeys.