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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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  • Rode up here on my motorcycle and it was a bit painful due to the slow traffic.Well worth the ride though. Amazing views and wildlife (the nature kind) on the way up and the view from the top is AWESO...  more »
  • The first thing that must be said is that Mt. Evans is higher than Pike's Peak. It is also the highest one way paved road in America. The fee is $15 per carload. You can ask for free passage if you ab...  more »
  • Beautiful ride, very good to drive. Though very touristy. With a bit of luck to get moose against. Take warm clothes!
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  • Amazing view and great drive. Only about 100 - 200 feet in middle of the way the road had some damages but overall the road is very good. Drive slow and watch out for animals if you want to see lot of animals and take pictures. I saw some people go really close to mountain goats and take pictures with mobile phones which something I don't like to see. Hope people will understand and take a good camera and a zoom lens if they want to take good pictures of wild life.
  • 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.
  • This is one of my favorite places to go in Colorado. When out of town guests visits (and the weather is right) I refer them or bring them on up this road in search of the great Mountain Goat (which are non native and were actually introduced by the state of Colorado's Division of Wildlife). My Mom has yet to recover from her trip up 2 summers back as she doesn't do so well with heights/narrow roads. You can purchase a day pass or a special parks pass which allows you access to other great parks such as Rocky Mountain National Park (this is the one I went for). You could also hike or bike up but I have yet to experience the urge. On the trip when I purchased the parks pass at the station/visitor center off of the highway the weather actually wasn't so great (viability was about 10-15 feet until you reached the summit) so the folks at the gate let us through without even seeing the pass (this made me a bit sad but I know the money goes to help the state parks and I'd be sure to get use out of it anyhow). Since moving here I don't tend to notice much with altitude changes but I can remember becoming a bit tired when I was a sea level liver. I did make sure my guest had been loading up on water since arriving to Colorado and I packed lots of tasty treats. I think the biggest notes here are to of course bring some warm clothes (just in case, mountain weather can change so fast), have a couple hours set aside (so you can take your time and not be in a rush, the traffic can be hectic), as well as some provisions.
  • Whoever piled these rocks on top of each other could have done a neater job. Bathrooms are clean, views are incredible.
  • Awesome opportunity to drive up a mountain and feel the effects of altitude. Dress warmly, even on the hottest summer days.