Tucked in the mountains west of the state capital, Evergreen provides a warm respite from Denver’s big-city bustle. Alpine meadows, cool forests and brilliant wildflowers create a natural backdrop for this thriving community.
This town was formerly a Ute and Arapaho hunting ground until white settlers homesteaded here 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.
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Today, Evergreen boasts an eclectic community and a rich cultural existence — local theater, arts, music and fine dining. For recreation, jog up to Evergreen 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(14,624 feet) or watch as the Maxwell Fallscascade 76 feet into a rocky canyon. Camping, hiking, fishing and more are offered through Jefferson County Open Space.
Downtown Evergreen offers its own temptations: the scenic Evergreen Golf Course, attractive galleries, shops, eateries, museums and nightspots all located along Bear Creek site of the Annual Dam Ducky Derby held each August. Whether you like to relax in an armchair opposite a roaring fire or prefer a breathless climb through nearby hills, Evergreen has it all.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Evergreen’s historic Main Street, bordered between a pink cliff wall of boulders and the rapidly flowing mountain waters of Bear Creek is compact, but full of irresistible fine arts, crafts and gifts worthy of any home, as well as bistros, coffee shops, boutiques, specialty shopping, live music and dining along the creek. Our downtown also provides a host of personal and business services from health and wellness professionals to property managers, insurance agents, builders and designers. Whether you are a visitor or a local, you are sure to find downtown Evergreen provides everything you may need.
Little Bear Saloon, 28075 CO Hwy 74, located in historic downtown Evergreen, fits everyone’s image of an old western saloon: Swinging saloon doors, brass registers, old wooden bar stools, walls and ceilings with people’s names carved into them. There are numerous license plates from around the country and other corners of the globe. And where license plates aren’t hanging, there’s memorabilia, including signed posters and T-shirts from the many musicians and bands that have played at the Little Bear over the past four decades.
Parks and Recreation
In winter, enjoy the world’s largest Zamboni-groomed outdoor ice rink, 8.5 acres w/12 hockey rinks & huge skating field. In summer, boat & paddleboard rentals available. Walk the scenic path around mountain lake. Evergreen Lake House is a popular event venue.
Buchanan Park Recreation Center, located in North Evergreen, is home to one of the state’s largest and most unique climbing pinnacles, state-of-the-art weight room, leisure pool with hot tub, dry sauna, water slide, children’s fountains, rental rooms and an outdoor patio perfect for parties.