Mount Evans Wilderness

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Mount Evans Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
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Map showing the location of Mount Evans Wilderness
Map showing the location of Mount Evans Wilderness
LocationClear Creek County / Park County, CO, USA
Nearest cityIdaho Springs
Coordinates39°35′16″N 105°38′34″W / 39.58778°N 105.64278°W / 39.58778; -105.64278Coordinates: 39°35′16″N 105°38′34″W / 39.58778°N 105.64278°W / 39.58778; -105.64278[1]
Area74,401 acres (301.09 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service

The Mount Evans Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area in Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest about 30 miles (48 km) west of Denver, Colorado. The wilderness area is named after Mount Evans.[2][3]


The first efforts to protect the Mount Evans area involved the purchase of Echo Lake Park and Summit Lake Park as part of the system of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. for the Denver Mountain Parks. This effort led to a proposal for a National Park overlapping, to a significant extent, what is now the Mount Evans Wilderness Area.[4]

The first large tract of land in what is now the Mount Evans Wilderness area to be formally protected was the Abyss Lake Scenic Area in Pike National Forest, protecting the Abyss Lake cirque and much of the Lake Fork of Scot Gomer Creek, a tributary of Geneva Creek that drains the south side of Mount Evans. This area was designated prior to 1955.[5]


  1. ^ "Mount Evans Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Mount Evans Wilderness". Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Mount Evans Wilderness Area". Colorado Wilderness. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Wyckoff, William (1999). Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western American Landscape, 1860-1940. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. pp. 85–86.
  5. ^ National Forest Vacations. United States Forest Service. 1955.