The Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site


The Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site


Summit of Mount Evans with Crest House, observatory, and A-frame buildings.

Elevation:  14,130’ (4,307 m)


Whether it is the views, wildlife or history, The Summit of Mount Evans offers something for everyone.  Gaze east at the Colorado plains and the Denver area.  Hike the short trail to the top of Mount Evans and see the continental divide to the west, including 14,000 foot plus Grays and Torreys peaks.  Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is visible to the north.  Pikes Peak, South Park and the Sangre de Cristo mountains are visible to the south.

One of the main attractions to Mount Evans is the mountain goats.  The Summit of Mount Evans is the best place to see goats up close, where goats are commonly seen licking the soil for valuable minerals.  Please remember to respect wildlife and view wildlife responsibly by following these viewing tips from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife:

  • Observe animals from a safe distance - safe for you and safe for the animals.  
  • Never chase or harass wildlife. Harassment of wildlife is unlawful, and can be very harmful for wildlife.
  • Leave your pets at home. At best their presence hinders wildlife watching; at worst they can chase, injure, or kill wildlife, or be injured or killed.
  • Respect others who are viewing the same animals.
  • Do not feed wild animals.  It is illegal!

There are three significant structures at The Summit of Mount Evans, two of which are historic: the Crest House ruins, the High Altitude Lab and the Meyer-Womble Observatory. The Crest House was first open to the public in 1942 and served as a restaurant and souvenir shop.  In 1979 the Crest House tragically burned in a propane fire.  The High Altitude Lab is the oldest of the three structures.  A wooden double-wide A-frame building that was constructed by the University of Denver in 1935 to support cosmic ray research.  The University of Denver constructed a telescope in 1979 and replaced it in 1997 with an observatory. Take advantage of interpretive signs on site that tell the story of these structures in great detail.