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Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Denver

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Mount Evans Scenic Byway climbs over 2,130 m (7,000 ft) in 45 km (28 mi) as the highest paved road in North America. Winding through the high plains of Colorado, you'll drive through forested areas of pine and aspen to the summit, at 4,300 m (14,120 ft). Along the way, stop off at Echo Lake, which offers numerous trails for hikers, fishing opportunities, and picnic tables. Watch for mountain goats and bighorn sheep at the top. If you need maps and information on hiking trails, visit the National Forest Information Center at Idaho Springs before you leave. Our Denver itinerary planner makes visiting Mount Evans Scenic Byway and other Denver attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • " nice trip for long way and romantic views.I spend 3 days here, great place to stay. Experience the top of the world luxury. I had a nice journey from the city. The way of trip saw lots of different ...  more »
  • The drive up is truly a hell of a drive but so beautiful. Once up there, WOW!!!! Look for the marmots, the mountain sheep and the views!!!!!  more »
  • Have been here three times. Paved and "exciting" road to top of Mt Evans. Summit lake, 2/3 way up mountain, is amazing. Check on road access before starting except in summer.  more »
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  • Amazing views. Fun drive to the top. The road could use some work in places. A must stop on any Colorado vacation. Better than Pikes Peak!
  • Ride 14,265 ft. on your motorcycle up to top and you will definitely want to reward yourself because it's not for amateurs. Your riding close to the edge and must stay attentive. Bring a jacket in end of June because it still has snow.
  • The view from the top is amazing. Be prepared for some scrambling. While the distance from the parking lot to the summit is very short, it involves moving over what seems like a boulder field in some segments. Recommend waterproof footwear with good tread.
  • Very fun. The view is amazing and the hiking is great. Be careful though, there are some big drops. It is a bit pricey but it's well worth it.
  • If you are anywhere near Denver you need to go here! $15/car 3 day pass.It's a scenic drive up Mt. Evans but it is a bit dangerous if you are not careful. Drive slow specially as lanes getting more narrow. Try to go on clear day to get the best views and pictures. I went on a cloudy day, which meant we drove through the clouds(very minimal visibility on the road ahead of you) and looked above them once we reached the top. It definitely a bit of mystery and suspense to the drive.