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Mount Evans

Mount Evans is the tallest mountain of the Mount Evans Wilderness, which is located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in North America’s Rocky Mountains. It is the highest point in the Mount Evans Wilderness. On the drainage split between Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest, the conspicuous 14,271-foot fourteener may be found 13.4 miles southwest by south of Idaho Springs in Clear Creek County, Colorado, in the United States.

The summit is one of the iconic Front Range peaks, topping the western sky-line of the Great Plains alongside Pikes Peak, Longs Peak, and Mount Bierstadt, all of which are within driving distance. Mount Evans may be visible from more than 100 miles away to the east, as well as from several miles in other directions other than east. Mount Evans, which towers over the Denver metropolitan region and rises to more than 9,000 feet above sea level, dominates the skyline.

In addition to regions south of Castle Rock, up to (65 miles south) and north of Fort Collins (95 miles north), Mount Evans can be viewed from areas south of Limon and from areas near Limon (105 miles east). Early on in the history of Colorado tourism, Mount Evans and Denver area were frequently pitted against Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs for attention.

Several cosmic-ray physics experiments were done on Mount Evans between 1935 and 1960, which led to its designation as a historic site by the American Physical Society in 2017. Mount Evans and Echo Lake were both declared historic sites by the American Physical Society in 2017.

The Mount Evans Highway, which provides easy access to the peak, has made it a popular venue for scientific research because of its accessibility. During his time on the mountain, Arthur H. Compton conducted groundbreaking research on cosmic rays, which was completed shortly after the road to the peak was constructed in 1931.

On the top, the University of Denver constructed a pair of A-frame structures to accommodate cosmic-ray researchers and their equipment. When Mount Evans, the Aiguille du Midi, the Pic du Midi, and the Jungfrau were first explored as high-altitude physics experiment sites in the 1950s, they were thought to be the premier places for high-altitude physics experimentation.

In honor of territorial Governor John Evans, the Sand Creek Massacre was named after him. Between 150 and 500 Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americans died as a result of the massacre, which took place in 1876. Because of the history and acts of Governor Evans, efforts have been made in Colorado to change the name of the state. Governor Polis formed the Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board in 2020, which will consider renaming Mount Evans if it is approved by the state legislature.

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