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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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  • We climbed Mt Evans from Summit Lake with our 10 year old twins on the evening of the full moon in October. We timed getting to the summit to be there at sunset and we're treated to the glorious sight...  more »
  • Great ride on a hot day. Close to Denver and a twisty ride. Good pavement. Grab lunch in Idaho Springs before returning to Denver. 
  • Sweet mountain road from Evergreen to Idaho Springs with amazing scenery. Mountains, gorges, lakes, wildlife. A bit slick in winter, but easy during summer. Bring a picnic, there's tables up top.