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Echo Lake Park
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Nearest city Idaho Springs, Colorado
Area 600 acres (2.4 km2)
Built 1921, 1926
Architect Jules Jacques Benoit Benedict
Architectural style Rustic
MPS Denver Mountain Parks MPS
NRHP reference No. 95000109
Added to NRHP February 24, 1995

Echo Lake Park is a park located along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway about 33.5 mi (54 km) west of Denver, Colorado. The park provides a stone shelter with picnic tables and barbecue grills on one end of the lake, and the 1926 Echo Lake Lodge (gift shop and restaurant service only) and an Arapaho National Forest campground are found at the other. Access to backpacking trails, including the Chicago Lakes trail and Lincoln Lakes trail, can be found adjacent to the lake. The park is part of the Denver Mountain Parks system.

Echo Lake Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. The listing included two contributing buildings, two contributing structures, and a contributing sites on 600 acres (2.4 km2). It included the Echo Lake Lodge, built in 1926, which was designed by Denver architect Jules Jacques Benoit Benedict, a two-story octagonal log building on a base of local granite that resembles a Native American earth lodge.

Echo Lake, along with Mount Evans, was designated as a historic site by the American Physical Society in 2017, in honor of many cosmic-ray physics experiments conducted at the lake and on the mountain between 1935 and 1960. The historic plaque is outside the Echo Lake Lodge.

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Location Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States
Coordinates 39°39′30″N 105°36′12″W / 39.65833°N 105.60333°W / 39.65833; -105.60333 (Echo Lake)
Type oligotrophic
Basin countries United States
Surface elevation 10,600 ft (3,230 m)

Echo Lake is a shallow, oligotrophic lake situated at 10,600 ft (3,230 m) above sea level near Mount Evans in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It formed during the latest period of glaciation roughly 10,000 years ago. As glaciers retreated in the Chicago Creek valley, lateral moraines formed a natural dam to drainage, forming the lake. The ecosystem around the lake is dominated by Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmannii) and Subalpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa), with some Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis) on exposed sites.

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