Mount Goliath Natural Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Rainbow above bristlecone pine trees.

Located within the Mount Evans Recreation Area, the Mount Goliath Research Natural Area contains 160 acres set aside for the protection, study, interpretation and enjoyment of the Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine. The Dos Chappell Nature Center contains excellent exhibits that interpret how living things adapt to the harsh environments of the sub-alpine and alpine tundra. The main attraction is the Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine tree. These trees are 700 to 1,600 years old, making them some of the oldest tree species in the world. As you walk in the nature center, a 1,000-year-old nonliving example grasps your attention. Once you've viewed the exhibits, explore the nearby rock gardens and examine the small wildflowers in bloom behind the nature center. Experience an enchanted forest of old gnarled trees by traveling through the quarter-mile Bristlecone Loop Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Mount Evans Highway won’t open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to impacts from COVID-19.   Due to issues associated with COVID-19, USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks will not be able to provide services for visitors on Mount Evans this summer, and the Mount Evans Highway (Colo Highway 5) will not open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks — the agencies that jointly manage Mount Evans — have reached this decision after careful consideration of both health and safety risks and economic feasibility. While there will be no restrooms or services provided on Mount Evans this summer, there are no plans to prohibit the use of Mount Evans Highway for non-motorized activities such as hiking and biking. Recreationists should be aware of and plan for extremely limited parking near Echo Lake. Visitors to public lands should practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and follow state and local orders regarding recreation throughout the summer.
Operational Hours: Outside area open 24/7. Nature Center hours 10:00am - 5:00pm seven days a week.
Rentals & Guides: Denver Botanic Gardens provides wildflower hikes
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Toilets,Parking
Fees The standard amenity recreation fee is required at Mount Goliath Natural Area and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site. While the road is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (weather permitting) the fee is only required during daily hours of operation: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Vehicle Pass (1-12 occupants) is $10 for a three day pass. Summit Lake Park, owned by the City of Denver, has a separate $5 fee that also can be purchased at the Mount Evans Welcome Station.
Permit Info: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No camping, campfires or stove fires except in designated campgrounds or dispersed campsites. Dogs must be on leash.
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: None
Restroom: vault toilet
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 - Hwy 103. Drive approx. 12 miles to the turn off for Highway 5, Mount Evans road. Proceed through the fee station and drive 3 miles south on Highway 5 to the area.

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