Evergreen, Colorado

A Guide to Evergreen Colorado: A Denver Mountain Town with Charm

A Guide to Evergreen Colorado: A Denver Mountain Town with Charm. Evergreen Colorado is about 15 miles west of Denver, CO. Downtown Evergreen has a ton to do and just a couple hours to world class skiing.


What is Evergreen?

Located about 15 miles west of Denver, Evergreen is a cool little mountain town with some great shops and breweries. A downtown area near the railroad tracks is filled with lots of cool spots to eat, drink and shop. There are many wineries in the area, too, and it’s a short drive to the famous ski resorts in the greater Evergreen area like Breckenridge and Crested Butte. What do I do in Evergreen? This slideshow requires JavaScript. Explore Evergreen is filled with historic neighborhoods and tons of great restaurants and bars. Bordered by the Green River and Clear Creek Reservoirs, the town has a growing outdoor community where the kids can play for hours in the summer and fall while the adults can wander around town.

Downtown Evergreen Colorado

Evergreen is a popular ski resort located in Colorado. The town offers the perfect mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. It has the most unique (and fun) holiday lights in the Rocky Mountain region and is definitely a stop for families during the holidays. It is a perfect place to take kids on a holiday scavenger hunt (if you have any kids at all.)Food

Evergreen has all the major fast food chains, but don’t forget about the locally owned eateries. In fact, one of my favorites has been Cupcakes at Christmas. It’s the most unique thing you’ll find in downtown Evergreen.

Holiday Lights

Evergreen has a ton of holiday lights. They are spread out all over the town, but it’s best to go when it is not too busy. There is a special event every year (and one every night) where they shine.

Evergreen, CO offers a lot to see and do. It is located at the foot of Horsetooth Mountain and the Big Thompson River and is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park. Evergreen is at 3,095 feet in elevation and has an average yearly snowfall of 295 inches! Everyday life in Evergreen revolves around the scenic beauty around the town. There are many festivals throughout the year. Summer brings the Twilight Concert Series while the Winter Wonderland Festival is popular for sleigh rides, ice sculptures and fireworks. Horsetooth Mountain is located at the foothills of Colorado’s high country. It is the fourth tallest mountain in Colorado and the fifth tallest mountain in the United States at 14,111 feet. The mountain boasts hiking trails for all levels. 

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Evergreen, Colorado

Evergreen’s Skiing (and Beyond)

Evergreen Mountain Resort, 6,110′ above sea level, is easily one of the best ski resorts in Colorado. And it’s close to Denver, so you can get there without needing to drive. There are two mountains that are connected by an on-mountain gondola and are connected by a trio of black runs, a blue run, and a good amount of double black diamond runs. Another interesting thing about Evergreen is that there are over 450 acres of disc golf courses right on the property. (That’s roughly the same number of greens on the San Francisco Golf Course.) You can find disc golf at The Evergreen State Disc Golf Course, which is open every day of the year. There’s also some skiing nearby. Leadville is a mountain just 30 minutes away. Just head north on Highway 24, which gets you to Turnpike Road.

Where to Stay in Evergreen Colorado

If you are staying in Evergreen on a ski trip, I recommend the Evergreen Lodge. Hotel restaurants, a spa, and breakfast are included in the rates, all the while making it convenient to get to the slopes. About the Author Emily Hauck is a college student studying biology and has never skied in her life. Please do not take that statement to mean that she is not fun and witty. In fact, she is extremely clever and funny and just a good girl. Learn more at http://www.hauswife.com.

What it Costs for a Night Out in Evergreen

There is a TON of great dining options in Evergreen! If you want to try something different, try Tannebaum’s Tavern for breakfast and dinner. If you are feeling a little bit more fancy, head to Adam’s, and enjoy an $8 tasting menu that will have you licking your lips. Get a jump start on exploring Evergreen! When to Go Evergreen typically gets really hot and extremely cold. Typically the best time to head to Evergreen is in the summer. The first year my husband and I went to Evergreen was in July. We had visited all the fun things you’d imagine at a ski town (light snow tubing, tubing down our favorite run in Breckenridge, ice skating on Little Nell Lake, hiking and exploring). What we didn’t anticipate was a 100 degree heat wave in July.

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Best Things to Do in Evergreen

Evergreen is a great weekend getaway from the greater Denver area, Denver or Boulder. Here are a few suggestions of things to do in Evergreen. If you are looking for inspiration, check out our local Winter Fun Guide. Colorado Loofah Races This past weekend at the Nor’Easter Run — a popular race at Evergreen Ski Resort — a Loofah Race was added to the line-up of race events. This insane race featured 30 competitors running through the mud of Evergreen Canyon at high speeds while trying to grab a fabric cloth through a hole, which in turn they race off of, and the course is repurposed into a small party afterwards. Just make sure you don’t get mud on your vehicle, as it could get messy when it dries.

Eating in Evergreen CO

Evergreen is not just one street of downtown; it is a town with historic buildings and festivals throughout the year. Families will love all the holiday fun, but there is also the YMCA program, VBC Tennis with coaching lessons and player evaluations, Evergreen Trail Riders, Golf and Train Rides,The Woods Nature Center, Goodwood (Evergreen’s museum), Meadview Trading Post (Historic Woodland School), Ski Pioneer Museum, Smoker’s Ledge brewery and the new Roundhouse Theatre. You’ll love the Roundhouse Theatre which will be serving tickets from 8am-9pm, and still have plenty of seats available for live performances. Mountain Beat Events If you’re in the mood for something wild, you can check out the Silent Disco Yoga and Soiree at the Sundeck at Evergreen Lake.

Entertainment in Evergreen Colorado

I think I’ve probably seen or heard more art in the two weeks we’ve been here than I have in the past year in Denver. This was due to the eclectic events and people in this vibrant mountain community. Evergreen Arts Fair In fact, we couldn’t afford to miss the evergreen arts fair, where you’d think there would be a bit less costuming. Not the case. All of the painters were very talented, but the woman at the “Havana Fashion Show” made my day. You see, I thought my new colors (pale turquoise and moss green) were too out there. Nope! I looked as good as any of the models! Molly from iDerek wrote a very nice article on the event if you want to get the most out of it. Evergreen Venue Shows The town itself is a pretty small, though. Evergreen Rocks sponsors many of their town events.