On your next visit to Denver, consider stopping by Evergreen. This little town, tucked in the foothills of the great Rocky Mountains, is filled with friendly people and countless fun activities for nature lovers of all ages.
Top Activities in Evergreen, CO
Explore Evergreen’s Parks
With six different parks home to tons of hiking trails, Evergreen is an ideal getaway destination for the active traveler. The top two parks would have to be Elk Meadow and Three Sisters, which offer scenic hiking trails with beautiful 360 degree views. Animal lovers are in luck, as a hike on these trails could lead to a memorable encounter with elk, foxes, or raccoons. Just do your best to avoid bears, coyotes, and mountain lions. Cyclists take note, as these trails are also bike friendly!
Ski in Evergreen’s Surrounding Cities
Visitors can take full advantage of the Colorado snow by driving just thirty minutes outside of Evergreen to a ski resort, where risk takers can find double black diamond mountains.
Take a Scenic Motorcycle Ride
If you are more of a motorcyclist than a bicyclist, Evergreen will not disappoint. Evergreen’s popular biker-friendly bars combined with Colorado’s famous 300 days of sunshine per year and beautiful winding roads make the city a motorcyclist’s dream spot.
Have a Drink at The Little Bear
The most popular bar in downtown Evergreen would be The Little Bear. With live music every weekend, visitors are guaranteed to have a fun time at this local-favorite spot.
Summit Mount Evans
In Colorado, climbing a “Fourteener,” a mountain more than 14,000 feet tall, is considered a must-do activity. If climbing one is not a priority, you can drive up Mount Evans instead. The road to its summit is actually the highest paved road in North America, reaching 14,265 feet! Only a 40 minute drive from Evergreen, a visit to Mount Evans is strongly encouraged. Those who enjoy camping can check out the multiple campsites along the way.
Enjoy Evergreen Lake
The most popular attraction in Evergreen would have to be its lake. Located in a scenic valley, Evergreen Lake provides many activities for locals and tourists alike. In the summer, many people can be found hiking and running around its one mile trail, or fishing, kayaking, paddle boating, and stand up surfing atop its waves. During the winter, Evergreen Lake freezes over to provide a playground for ice skaters, hockey players, and ice fishers alike. Fireworks are even launched on the lake every New Year’s Eve!
Evergreen Attractions: More Must-Visit Places
1. Hike beside a waterfall at Maxwell Falls
2. Tour the Hiwan Homestead Museum
3. Enjoy a night out at The Wild Game, an old movie theater transformed into a restaurant with arcade games, a bowling alley, and a bar.
Visiting Evergreen: Tips from a Local
Drink Lots of Water
Evergreen is located at almost eight thousand feet (higher than the tallest Appalachian Mountain). Due to the lack of oxygen in the air at high altitudes, many people experience elevation sickness when visiting Colorado. It's thus best to drink about four times as much water as you normally would.
If elevation sickness gets the best of you, stop by one of Colorado’s famous oxygen bars and enjoy some flavored oxygen.
Keep Your Head Up
With so much gorgeous natural life surrounding Evergreen, you won’t want to miss any spectacular sights while having your head buried in your phone.
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This article was written by Madeline Bair.
Image credit: Joseph Young