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Mount Evans, Denver

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#2 of 248 in Nature in Colorado
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Towering 4,348 m (14,265 ft) above the Great Plains, Mount Evans serves as a symbol of the Denver skyline and the site of the highest paved road in North America. The peak represents one of Colorado's "fourteeners," mountains standing more than 4,267 m (14,000 ft) high. You can hike and drive along its extensive network of trails and roads. As you make your way to the summit, you'll be treated to sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and plains; keep an eye out for the occasional grazing buffalo. Take precautions before you go--the peak's extreme weather at the summit and its height can cause altitude sickness. Add Mount Evans to your Denver travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Denver trip planner.
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  • We were nervous because we went on a whim with no reservation not long before it closed, but we were able to pay and drive right in. We had to keep moving to not lose daylight, but it was an... 
    We were nervous because we went on a whim with no reservation not long before it closed, but we were able to pay and drive right in. We had to keep moving to not lose daylight, but it was an...  more »
  • What a drive with switchbacks, great views, and thinner air at the top. Be sure to take your time and enjoy the ride up to the top. Bring a jacket for the top it's colder, This is higher than the... 
    What a drive with switchbacks, great views, and thinner air at the top. Be sure to take your time and enjoy the ride up to the top. Bring a jacket for the top it's colder, This is higher than the...  more »
  • Beautiful drive, lots of pullouts on the road and scenic vistas.... and we had our fill of Rocky Mtn sheep pics. 
    Beautiful drive, lots of pullouts on the road and scenic vistas.... and we had our fill of Rocky Mtn sheep pics.  more »
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  • Mount Evans holds a near and dear place to my heart as it was my first 14er that I ever hiked, and with my late uncle at that. The hike itself is not bad for a 14,000 foot peak. It is strenuous but gradual and the views from the top ridge are absolutely breathtaking! If you don't want to hike it, you can drive to the top and just hike a little bit of ways to the summit. Watch for afternoon lightning as it can move up quick here! There's tons of marmots and mountain goats that are very comfortable around people so just keep your distance but enjoy the beauty of nature from one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado!
  • Breathtaking views from the top. You can drive all the way to the top but I’d recommend to stop at the lake summit and potentially start the hike from there. There is a shelter with some areas to shield from wind and rain if necessary.
  • This “hike” inspired us to go hike Mt. Bierstadt so we could really claim that we hiked a 14’er. The drive up was gorgeous though! Make sure you have a reservation so you don’t have to wait in line or get turned away. I would recommend stopping at a few places on the drive up to help get adjusted to the altitude. We drove straight to the top and we all got altitude headaches despite the fact that we live at 8,000ft! The hike to the top was easy peasy but we didn’t stay long due to the headaches. We also saw lots of mountain goats and big horn sheep!
  • Absolutely Gorgeous and Challenging! The summit has mountain goats, weather changes and rest area. Enjoy!
  • Beautiful views, lakes, wildflowers, mountain goats and thrilling drive experience. Finally was able to get to highest auto road of North America and loved it. One of a must in Colorado.

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