Stop 1: Echo Lake Park and Lodge

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Echo Lake Park, part of the Denver Mountain Parks System, at 10,600 feet (3,230 meters), represents the subalpine ecosystem, with surrounding forests of Englemann Spruce, Subalpine Fir, and Limber Pine. The 24-acre (10 ha) lake is popular for fishing and reflects wonderful views of Mount Evans. The fen (wetland) at the east end of the lake provides important wildlife habitat; visitors are requested to stay on nearby trails. On July 4, 1926, Denver officially opened Echo Lake Lodge. The beautiful three-story building was a great milestone in the creation of the Denver Mountain Parks System. Today, the lodge serves as a seasonal gift shop and restaurant with lodging only for the concessionaire and employees.