Mount Blue Sky NRT (#51)

Forest ranger Thalia Haro points to the trail sign to Mount Evans Trail.

This section of trail starts at the Summit of Mount Blue Sky Interpretive Site parking area. This short hike will allow you to "bag a fourteener" the easy way.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations are required for entry.  Go to to create an account and purchase your ticket.  
Fees: A $10 standard ammenity fee is required for the Mount Goliath Natural Area and the Summit of Mount Blue Sky Interpretive Site. The City of Denver charges a $5 fee for Summit Lake Park, which is part of its Denver Mountain Parks system.  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 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  There is no fee for visitors who don't intend to park at one of the three fee areas.
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
Passes: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information


I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 - Hwy 103. Drive approx. 12 miles to the turn off for Highway 5. Proceed through the fee station and drive 14 miles south on Highway 5 to the area.

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Day Hiking

This section of trail starts in the Mount Blue Sky Recreation Area at the Mount Blue Sky summit parking area. This short hike will allow you to "bag a fourteener" the easy way.

Fire Information No campfire allowed in this area.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
.5 miles one-way

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  Elevation : 
12,130' - 12,264'