Evergreen Colorado

Posted by Joseph Berry on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 11:05am.

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Evergreen Colorado

Closer than you think.  

Tucked in the mountains west of the state capital, Evergreen provides a warm refuge from Denver's big-city bustle. Alpine meadows, cool forests and brilliant wildflowers create a natural backdrop for this thriving community.  Evergreen sits at an elevation of 7,220 feet in the Rocky Mountains, 15 miles west of Denver.

Evergreen is surrounded by thousands of acres of land, parks and the Jefferson County Open Space park system.  Bergen Park, Corwina Park and O' Fallon Park are some of the more popular mountain parks in the area. The Jefferson County Open Space Parks are Alderfer/Three Sisters, Elk Meadow, Lair o' the Bear, and Mount Falcon Park in Indian Hills. Hiwan Golf Club a country club located just east of Bergen Park, is Evergreen's only country club.  Popular both in the summer and winter, Evergreen Lake and its "Lake House" are recreational focal points for the area.  

The two major roads in Evergreen are State Highway 74 and County Highway 73.  Highway 74 runs south from Interstate 70 through Bergen Park and northern Evergreen to downtown, then turns east and follows Bear Creek Canyon to its end at State Highway 8 near Red Rocks Park.  Highway 73 runs south from downtown Evergreen to connect with U. S. Highway 285 in Conifer.

This town was formerly a Ute and Arapaho hunting ground until white settlers homesteaded around 1860.  Its ranches and farms fed Denver's burgeoning population and its forests supplied the city with lumber.  However, Evergreen's beauty has been its most lasting resource.  Celebrities such as Greta Garbo and Teddy Roosevelt escaped to the lush resorts here, leaving behind colorful tales and mementos.

Today, Evergreen boasts an eclectic community and a rich cultural existence — local theater, arts, music and fine dining.  For recreation, jog up to Evegreen Lake.  This pristine jewel offers boating and picnicking in the summer, ice-skating in the winter and fishing year-round. Drive up nearby Mt. Evans or watch as the Maxwell Falls cascade 76 feet into a rocky canyon.  Camping, hiking, fishing and more are offered through Jefferson County Open Space.

Evergreen Lake, a popular recreation area, was created by damming Bear Creek in 1927.  It sits above downtown Evergreen, which includes a mix of historic buildings and local businesses, including the well-known entertainment venue and restaurant The Little Bear.

In the winter, ice skating is offered at Evergreen Lake.  The skating season usually runs from mid-to-late December (approximately Christmas) to late March depending upon ice thickness and weather.

Evergreen at night

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Lake Evergreen

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