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Summit Lake Park

Three images placed next to eachother. The first is of the mountain and where the land meets the lake. The second image is of local plant life, there are some flowers present. The third is another shot of the mountain and some features as created from it's proximity to the lake. There are several ponds.

At an elevation of 12,840 feet, Summit Lake Park anchors the high-altitude end of the Mountain Parks system. The route to the top of Mount Evans, one of America’s highest auto roads, is usually accessible from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is maintained until major snowstorms prohibit travel.

The 160-acre Summit Lake Park is surrounded by National Forest lands and the Mount Evans Wilderness and features beautiful views and slow-growing tundra wildflowers.

More Information

  • Denver’s highest mountain park; acquired 1924
  • Designated National Natural Landmark (1965)
  • Alpine lake and tundra wildflowers
  • Best place to see mountain goats
  • At the base of scenic Mount Evans (14,264 ft; m)
  • Headwaters of Bear Creek


  • Shelter and parking area
  • Trail to Chicago Lakes
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities, from mountain goats to picas
  • Accessible alpine tundra
  • Rare arctic plants
  • Nearby Mt. Goliath Natural Area (Denver Botanic Gardens)


Contact Us

Denver Mountain Parks
(720) 865-0900

Park Rangers 
(720) 913-1311