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Mount Evans, Denver

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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. Plan to see Mount Evans and other attractions that appeal to you using our Denver vacation planner.
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  • Where one has to go... have the possibility to more than 4200 meters with the car? Here! And this is really a super experience for the whole family. The views and the mountain goats are unique. If you are in Denver, you come to the Mt Evans...
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  • Get to the top you can by car, at the top there is a parking place. The road is narrow and broken in places, but some manage to leave the machine on a slope. Very many backpackers. Be sure to bring warm windproof winter things. On the way you can meet wild animals. Top view offers is fantastic.
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  • This is a fantastic training ride once the snow cures either from Idaho Springs or from Evergreen or even mid-way. You get stunning views and changing weather and a fantastic ride down. It is a perfec...  more »
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  • This is a fantastic place to drive the curvy road to the top of Mt. Evans! So beautiful! The landscape and scenery are gorgeous! There is a trail you can climb from the parking lot to the summit at 14,000+ feet. Wear good shoes, as there was still patches of ice and snow in the trail and it gets really cool in the evening. We visited in late summer. There is a large viewing area at the top also.
  • The absolute most beautiful place I have ever been. Great view, lots of wildlife. Prepare for a long drive to the top though, but totally worth it. Dress warmly.
  • Whoa! One of Colorado's most famous 14ers (14,000 foot mountain)! The views up at this mountain are breathtakingly magestic! There's little wonder why the natives called this area a "gem in the mountains". This mount is a sight to behold regardless of the mode of your preferred transportation up the mountain! All the sights up are magical. We drove up the mountain to Echo Lake to start our hike. On the way up we saw every kind of hiker, road hikers, bicyclists, motor bikers, joggers, you name it... They were here. Mt Evan's attracts all kinds of adventurers to its beautiful sights! Highly recommend this hike. It has a very challenging climb just as well. This hike was the toughest of hikes I've ever embarked on! We took the hike from Echo Lake to the first Chicago lake. It proved to be the beginning of a gruesome day of a climbing treck that left me sore from my calves, thighs, hamstrings, glutes, traps & shoulders!! The thin air up there is the biggest challenge to deal with (if your not from around these parts). Every ten foot incline is a kick to a chest. On the contrary, on your way back down your descend... as you climb down into thicker atmosphere, your energy starts to come back as long as your on a descend. We started the hike at midday and made it back out under a full moon. As painful as it was... It was equally as much fun! Distance: About 8-12 miles RT. Elevation Gain: Trail gains 200 feet, then drops 400 feet, then gains 1,400 feet to the upper lake Trailhead: at Echo Lake campground
  • Great, gorgeous! Have a good driver if going to summit! Made me love Colorado even more but also gives such perspective of hiking to any summit! Take the car if you can watch out for mountain goats too!
  • Mountain is beautiful. Amazing views. However, $15 to enter and it's super busy. We barely reached the top parking lot. Way too many cars allowed up on a narrow and winding road with large drop offs. Again, stunning views but too busy to enjoy the top.