Mount Evans Area Descriptions and Amenities At-A-glance

Mount Goliath Natural Area (Mile 3)

Amenities:  Dos Chappell Nature Center, Designated Developed Parking Area, Vault Toilets, Trash Receptacles, Recycle Bin, Exhibits, Accessible Rock & Wildflower Gardens, Interpretive Signs, Trailhead, Interpretive Trail, Courtesy Patrol, Interpreters and Guided Walks.

Only three miles up from the Mount Evans Road is the Mount Goliath Natural Area, 160 acres set aside for the protection, study, interpretation and enjoyment of the Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine.  Bristlecone Pine are the oldest living organism on earth!  Enjoy the short Bristlecone Loop trail to marvel over these mystical looking trees.

The Dos Chappell Nature Center is situated on the edge of the natural area.  Completed in 2003, it contains exhibits that interpret the remarkable life that thrives in the sub-alpine and alpine.  Visitors are encouraged to observe what they have learned in the Dos Chappell Nature Center by walking around the surrounding rock gardens and visiting the summit.

The building, exhibits and grounds are the result of a cooperative effort between the Denver Botanic Gardens, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and the U.S. Forest Service.  Forest Service interpreters and volunteers staff the area and are available to provide information and programs. 

 

Upper Goliath Trailhead (Mile 5)

Amenities:  Parking Area, Interpretive Sign, Trailhead

Upper Goliath offers access to the Pesman Trail and Alpine Garden Loop trail at the north end of the parking area.  Catch the 1.5 mile Pesman Trail from here or from behind theDos Chappell Nature Center.  The Alpine Garden Loop trail is 1/2 mile round trip. 

Summit Lake Park

Amenities:  Shelter House, Interpretive Signs, Accessible Trail, Picnic Table, Vault Toilets, Trash Receptacles, Designated Developed Parking, Courtesy Patrol.

Summit Lake Park presents awe inspiring views of a landscape carved out by ancient glaciers.  There are opportunities for sightseeing and accessing to the Mount Evans and Chicago Lakes Trails. Summit Lake Park is part of the Denver Mountain Parks (DMP) system. This popular site has recently been renovated to include two new vault toilet buildings, a completely redesigned and resurfaced parking area, and a disabled accessible trail to the Chicago Lakes overlook.

The Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site (Mile 14)

Amenities:  Designated Developed Parking, Vault Toilets, Trash Receptacles, Interpretive Signs, Picnic Table, Viewing Scopes, View Finders, Amphitheater, Interpretive Programs, Courtesy Patrol, Bike Rack, and Trailhead.

An incredible view awaits you at the end of the road!  Attractions include spectacular panoramic views of prominent peaks of the Continental Divide and the distant Great Plains, the possibility of seeing Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goats, the ruins of the Historic Crest House Restaurant, and the opportunity to hike to the 14,264 foot summit of Mount Evans.