When snow falls on 14,264-foot Mt. Evans, everything around this summer hot spot hibernates for the winter. The scenic byway to the summit shuts down; the Forest Service campground is deserted; and Echo Lake Lodge boards up its doors.
It's the sort of quietude that attracts snowshoers, who are drawn by the proximity to Denver, easy-to-find roadside trailheads, and sheltered romps through the snow-laden pine forest. Traipse family-style around the 23-acre, iced-over Echo Lake, or head out with friends for a more heart-pumping trek. After snowshoeing, head to nearby Idaho Springs for cold pints and thick-crust pizza.