Just a few miles west of Denver is the town Evergreen Colorado that we stumbled upon this Father’s Day. We ventured out on a hike that a friend had recommended hike and discovered the perfect little town nestled in the mountains. And a place that would earn a top spot on our list of places to spend more time.
So close to Denver, but feels a million miles from the city
Coming into town we immediately saw Evergreen Lake, dotted with colorful SUPs, kayaks, and paddle boats. Boats and SUPs are available for rent, or bring your own. We set out on our hike, which turned out to be more of a stroll around the lake. No one cared though, because of the flood of activity that we couldn’t wait to participate in on our next visit. We didn’t see any swimming areas, but with so much to do, you won’t be missing out on fun.
We didn’t get a chance to get on the lake because of the long wait for rentals. It was, after all, a gorgeous sunny Father’s Day, and everyone wanted to be outside. It was understandably busy. Packing our own kayaks will do the trick when we come back.The best adventures can be hidden in #smalltowns. Discover Evergreen CO, just min from Denver. Click To Tweet
As we continued our walk around the lake, taking in the mountain views, we passed a lot of people fishing, picnicking, and dipping their toes in the water. We approached the dam at Bear Creek (which captured our attention for longer than you would expect), we came onto a small, shaded area of the creek that was the perfect place to stop and dip our toes in the water. As with so many places we’ve explored in Colorado, this area houses a few sculptures that add to the fun.
We followed the path down the river and under a bridge and found shops and restaurants that lined the river. Yes, I am a sucker for restaurants on the water and under a canopy of outdoor lights. It was Cactus Jack’s Saloon & Grill. We just had lunch, not knowing what to expect on our visit, so decided to skip it this time. According to TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Google reviews, it’s a recommended spot, so we will add it to our itinerary!Evergreen is an easy day trip from Denver CO. Shops, restaurants, and plenty of #adventure in this #smalltown Click To Tweet
When visiting Evergreen, plan to stay for a good part of the day, if not planning for a full weekend trip. You can pack light if you are just venturing out for the day: water, a small towel or two if you plan on cooling your feet off in the river, and (of course) plenty of sunscreen! If you are up for a little more adventure, bring along your fishing gear or your kayak/SUP.
I’m already planning our trip back to Evergreen Colorado. Check back often, and follow us on social media, where we find big adventures in small towns in Colorado!