At an elevation of 10,600 feet, Echo Lake Park is the only Denver Mountain Park within the sub-alpine zone. The 24-acre natural lake at the base of Goliath Peak is popular for fishing and reflects wonderful views of Mt. Evans. Visitors are requested to stay on trails, as a 10,000-year-old fen (wetland) at the east end of the lake provides important wildlife habitat. The lake is part of the Echo Lake Potential Conservation Area and has high biodiversity significance for its rare and globally vulnerable sub-alpine plants, including reflected moonwort, Mingan moonwort and western moonwort.
Trails from Echo Lake Park connect to the Chicago Lakes and Bear Track Lakes trails, accessing the Mount Evans Wilderness Area and the summit of Mt. Evans.
Echo Lake Lodge is a historic log building that was built in 1927 and is a seasonal gift shop and restaurant. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, DPR maintains Mount Evans Road and scenic byway which leads to Summit Lake and Mount Evans Recreation Area during warm-weather months.
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Echo Lake Lodge
As Echo Lake Lodge approaches 100 years old, Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) will be undertaking a planning process to evaluate the structural and preservation needs, and the right combination of potential uses for the building and the park as a whole. The department will use both the Game Plan for a Healthy City, our 20-year strategic plan, along with the Outdoor Adventure and Alternative Sports Master Plan to guide decisions on how the lodge can best serve the recreational interests of Denver residents and visitors for the next 100 years. The planning process for Echo Lake Lodge dovetails with a series of planning efforts and capital improvement projects that DPR has implemented to better program and activate Denver Mountain Parks and make them more accessible, such as the recently renovated Red Rocks CCC Camp, the new basecamp and Patrick House trailhead at Genesee Park and docks at Evergreen Lake in Dedisse Park. The first phase in the planning process for Echo Lake Park includes a thorough facility and needs assessment of the lodge. Funding for the initial part of the process is earmarked in DPR’s proposed 2023 Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget.
In the interim, DPR anticipates that the lodge will continue to provide some limited visitor services during the planning period and that some services will likely be available after implementation of the plan. Echo Lake Lodge is a well-loved historic building and DPR’s goal is to ensure that it can continue to be accessible to Denver residents and visitors well into its second century.