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. Plan trip to Denver with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • As you begin your trip stop at the Idaho Springs Visitor Center. You will get directions and up dates on road closures. The drive up the switch backs was enjoyable and we did pull off to take a few pi...  more »
  • Don't miss this drive if you are in the area. It is on Highway 5 off Highway 103 near Idaho Springs. If you are scared of high elevation roads with no guardrail this is not the drive for you. It is on...  more »
  • A sure winner, all exhibts are first class, great place to take a field trip with students, would go again when in the area. Our grandson with MD fell in love with it.  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.

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