Echo Lake Lodge - Wildlife Watching, Restaurant, Gift Shop


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Exterior of Echo Lake Lodge in the Denver Mountain Area, Colorado. A must stop when visiting Mount Evans. A restaurant overlooking echo lake. Classic American comfort food. Gift shop. Built in 1926.
Built in 1926 -- Echo Lake Lodge -- a Must Stop When Visiting Mount Evans -- Restaurant Overlooking Echo Lake -- Classic American Comfort Food -- Gift Shop -- Hiking Trails


BUCKET LIST ADVENTURES: Drive a Colorado fourteener. Bike to the summit of a Colorado Fourteener. Hike a Colorado Fourteener. This is your destination!

Spend a day on Mt. Evans Scenic and Historic Byway DRIVE or BICYCLE along the HIGHEST PAVED HIGHWAY in NORTH AMERICA, Highway 5, 14 miles to the summit of the 14,264' peak. Be sure to look for bighorn sheep, elk and goats among alpine tundra and bristlecone pines (many are over 1,000 years old).

Everyone who travels the Byway understands why Mt. Evans is "The Gateway to the Rocky Mountains!" Depending on snow fall, the Mt. Evans Byway opens on Memorial Day weekend and closes on Labor Day. There is a fee for use of the highway. On a clear day you can see Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak, the Sangre de Cristo Range, Pikes Peak and the Continental Divide. It's easy to spend a day or two in this area with all the outdoor activities. Echo Lake is an enchanting spot for fishing, hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching. It's a photographer's delight.

THE ECHO LAKE LODGE restaurant is on Colorado Highway 103 at the junction of Mount Evans Road. We have welcomed visitors to the Mount Evans area since 1926. Our authentic log building, constructed of stripped stained logs from the surrounding forest with a charming 4-sided stone fireplace, houses a restaurant, bar and gift shop. Considered to be the gem of the Mountain parks in 1926, the lodge is worth stopping just to see this architectural work of art.

OPEN SEASONALLY: We are open from the mid-May to the end of September, from 9am to 6pm and extended hours during June and July.

Diners enjoy watching the multitude of hummingbirds feeding and the breathtaking view of Echo Lake. Pan-fried trout is the lodge specialty. We also offer sandwiches, cocktails and scrumptious dinners.


OUR GIFT SHOP: Find a fine selection of authentic Indian handmade jewelry plus Colorado and Mt. Evans souvenirs. Don't miss out on the great selection of t-shirts and other great gifts for yourself, friends or family.

LOCATION: Echo Lake Lodge - Wildlife Watching, Restaurant, Gift Shop is in North Central Colorado in the Mountains above Denver. Two hours from Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. One Hour from the Resort towns in Summit County and less than 30 minutes from Golden, Evergreen and Idaho Springs!

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From I-70 take the Mt. Evans exit 240 or follow Highway 103 up from Bergen Park, about an hour from Denver.

ADDRESS: 13264 Highway 103 (Chicago Creek Rd), Idaho Springs, CO 80452

PHONE: 303-567-2138 -- For Mount Evans Road conditions and daily DESSERT SPECIALS: mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.



Technology For Guests To Use In a Common Area

  • Phone: Public payphones.


  • Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Youth group with adult leaders.
  • Group Meeting Area: Outdoor area.
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Outdoor Open Picnic Area: 80
  • Your Host will Cater or Arrange Meals with Advance Arrangements: Yes


  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: 5/15 to 9/30

Primarily Year Round Activities

  • Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
  • Restaurant(s): On site.

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Fishing in Lake, Reservoir or Pond: Walking distance.
  • Fishing Tackle Sold: On site.

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