Summit Lake Park


Summit Lake water reflecting the mountains.

Situated below the Mount Evans Massif, Summit Lake Park is the highest city park in North America and is the highest park in the Denver Mountain Parks system. This area is popular for its impressive scenery, alpine botanical features and wildlife viewing opportunities. In 1965, it was designated the first National Natural Landmark in Colorado, as the area is one of the best examples of Arctic tundra in the contiguous United States. The Summit Lake area provides habitat for a variety of rare alpine-arctic plants, some of which occur only here and above the Arctic Circle. Because of the fragile tundra and rarity of these plants, visitors are asked to stay on the trails when visiting the area and not to walk on the tundra. In addition, Colorado Parks and Wildlife volunteers oversee a wildlife viewing station most weekends.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations are required for entry.  Go to recreation.gov to create an account and purchase your ticket.
Fees: Please see recreation.gov for all additional fees and information.
Restrictions: No camping, campfires or stove fires except in designated campgrounds or dispersed campsites. Dogs must be on leash.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Denver Mountain Parks

Activities

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas

Scenic Driving

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.598592

  Longitude : 
-105.641

  Elevation : 
12,830'