Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Denver

4.9
#2 of 15 in Outdoors in Denver
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.
Create an itinerary including Mount Evans Scenic Byway
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
771 reviews
Google
4.9
TripAdvisor
  • August 14, 2017
    I just happended to run across this when we were traveling back to denver to catch out flight the next morning. We decided to take a detour and go check it out. We are so glad we did. It was well wort...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Go ahead, make the trip. Make the trip if it is over 90 degrees in Denver! You will feel so MUCH BETTER!  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Mount Evans Colorado Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in the United States, Incredible view over 14,000 above sea level, worth to go there  more »
Google
  • July 6, 2017
    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!
  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    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.
  • June 16, 2017
    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.

Plan your trip to Denver

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Denver

For a touch of class near all Denver's major attractions, book a room at one of the city's historical hotels, built during the late-19th century silver rush. Denver's oldest hotels feature opulent oak furnishings, silver chandeliers, and frescoed walls, as well as spacious rooms packed with high-tech gadgets. If you're planning your visit on a limited budget, consider the affordable hostels and bed and breakfasts located outside the central part of town. Alternatively, you can also stay at one of the mid-range hotels near the airport.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Denver by other users

16 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, romantic, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: November, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, relaxing, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans