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Summit Lake

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    The Mount Evans Road and Scenic Byway (Colorado Highway 5) is  typically open the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the first weekend in October, depending on weather conditions. The road and access to the top of Mount Evans is closed at Summit Lake the day after Labor Day.    
    Summit Lake
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    The streams and wetlands that drain Summit Lake to the east form the start of Bear Creek. The area around the lake is a great example of Arctic tundra, with several plants that otherwise occur only above the Arctic Circle. In 1965 the lake was named a National Natural Landmark.
    Summit Lake
  • Summit Lake and Mt. Evans

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    Summit Lake is a forty-acre alpine lake located at an elevation of 12,830 feet on Mount Evans. It was acquired by Denver in 1924, making it the highest city park in North America.
    Summit Lake and Mt. Evans
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References: 

Maureen van Norden, “Summit Lake Park,” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (February 2, 1994).

Wendy Rex-Atzet, Sally L. White, and Erika D. Walker, Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream (Silverthorne, CO: John Fielder Publishing, 2013).

Summit Lake Park,” Denver Mountain Parks.

Additional Information: 

Michael Childers, “A Gateway into the Mountains: Denver and the Building of a Recreational Empire,” Colorado History 16 (2011).

Wendy Rex-Atzet, “Making Our Mountains Available for the People: Denver’s First Mountain Parks, 1910–20,” Colorado Heritage (July/August 2013).

William H. Wilson, “New Wine in Old Bottles: The Denver Mountain Parks Movement,” Colorado Heritage no. 2 (1989).

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