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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  • The scenic byway starts in a little town called Idaho Springs. Before you drive onto the Byway, do yourself a favor and stop in Idaho Springs for lunch and to see a gorgeous little town.The people liv...  more »
  • The drive up from Denver is an excellent day drive and getaway. Stop in Idaho Springs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a little historical town shopping. The drive to Mt. Evans include a few stops alo...  more »
  • Intersting drive,beutiful landscape and I really enjoyed time spent here,you have to expirience it.Would definently recommend visiting,  more »
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  • Highest paved road in the country, with some fun curves and a few good places to stop for hikes. Great views from up top, and you may even see some camouflaged test mules from major automakers during the drive. Watch out for cyclists, attempting to summit the mountain.
  • We went there the last day that it was going to be open for the year and that is Labor Day. Lucky for us we got there around 8 and was able to get right up there. It goes quicker if you have a national pass and can bypass the line and go straight up. The drive was interesting we saw goats and sheep. If you are a driver who can't handle thin roads and steep Cliffs together you might not want to go that route. :-) it was a little hard to breathe at the top but younger people enjoyed climbing up to the very peak of the mountain.
  • Great place with wonderful views.. weather can move in quickly, even in summer.. so have rain jacket handy.
  • The drive to the summit was really nice. The day pass for one car is $15. In most parts of the drive, the road gets really narrow. So, be careful when you are driving, specially on the edge side and turning. Drive slow!!! No need to rush driving around a mountain with narrow road. But the view from the summit and throughout the whole drive was breathtaking!! When we were coming down, the sun was setting and it looked amazing.
  • It was very difficult for me to climb to the top because I live in LA which is basically st sea level. Not being used to the altitude I had to keep taking breaks to catch my breath, but I did it! The views were spectacular! It began snowing while I was up there which I loved because it's too hot in LA! Originally being from Chicago, I really miss cooler weather and snow.

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