Mount Blue Sky Scenic Byway

Mount Blue Sky Scenic Byway

Mount Blue Sky Scenic Byway
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Experience breathtaking views of Colorado's scenic beauty by cruising through the Mount Evans Scenic Byway in Denver. This road connects Idaho Springs to Mount Evans’ summit and offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, picturesque greenery, and wildlife sightings of mountain goats. Echo Lake Park is a great spot to take a break and enjoy a picnic. You can also camp in the area to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and hike one of the many trails. The road can close unexpectedly due to inclement weather, so check in advance before visiting. – Tripadvisor
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  • Kat
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once in a lifetime drive!!
    This was my first trip up Mt Evans and it did not disappoint!! I was a little worried about my Rav4 making it, but had no problem. The views are amazing. My sister had issues with the altitude and I noticed several others that were a little sick, but the only thing I noticed was being a little short of breath. There was snow at the top and it was slick but it is one of those once in a lifetime things for me. I live in the south and may not ever get to return. Roads were in good shape and remember to look for Bigfoot!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 February 2024
  • williamjamesiii
    Las Vegas, Nevada21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UNBELIEVABLE VIEWS
    The bartender at my hotel in Denver insisted if we had one day to see the mountains we must do the Mount Evans Scenic Byway and SHE WAS RIGHT! You can see for miles and miles, there is the cutest lodge at the bottom and a gorgeous alpine lake along the way. But the best part is the wild goats roaming the summit and parking lot!! The kids loved them. The drive is a little scary so put the best driver in your group forth and white knuckle your way to the top!! It's worth it!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 February 2024
  • MominOC
    Orange County, California4,960 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entry from Idaho Springs side
    First off reserve an entry time slot ahead of time. We did the reservation the morning of in early June. It was so easy to get to this National Forest from this side. Arrived at the ranger station in no time and up the road we went and found nature at its finest. The roads were not too bad in our non SUV we just had to watch for the potholes. Everyone was polite and drove safely. Views were incredible and this was a nice adventure. Even got to see the bighorn sheep, goats and marmots!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2024
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jane
New York149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We arrived in Idaho Springs in afternoon and decided to drive up Mount Evans. Pleasant drive up and through the moutains, we stopped by Echo Lake to walk around for awhile which was lovely. We were unaware that reservations were still necessary to drive to the top (visited on Labor Day) and visitor center and parking was too crowded so we just drove the rest of the route. Saw some elkhorn sheep and stopped for some pictures at scenic overlooks.
Written 22 September 2021
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houstonnative47
Missouri City, TX1,044 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We drove this scenic byway hoping to drive to Mt. Evans but only made it to Echo Lake as the road to the peak was already closed in October. However we drove all the way to Evergreen and it was a great drive on a nice road with colorful aspen leaves to look at. Juniper Pass was a great stop along the way.
Written 27 January 2020
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DebR
Boston, MA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We took this ride in July 2020 it was very scenic with breath taking views. We were hoping to drive to the top of Mt. Evans but the auto road was closed. We saw a deer 🦌 eating on the side of the road we stopped to take pictures.
Written 18 July 2020
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williamjamesiii
Las Vegas, NV21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The bartender at my hotel in Denver insisted if we had one day to see the mountains we must do the Mount Evans Scenic Byway and SHE WAS RIGHT! You can see for miles and miles, there is the cutest lodge at the bottom and a gorgeous alpine lake along the way. But the best part is the wild goats roaming the summit and parking lot!! The kids loved them. The drive is a little scary so put the best driver in your group forth and white knuckle your way to the top!! It's worth it!!!
Written 7 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rob S
Boise, ID742 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was the highlight of our trip, way better than our visit to Pikes Peak. Road was not crowded thanks to the reservation system and the summit wasn't packed either. Lots of cool views on this road, the highest in the U.S.
Written 26 June 2021
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Jen K
Lititz, PA216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Mount Evans Scenic Byway is a very beautiful, scenic drive. Make sure you buy your tickets in town before driving up to the welcome station.The drive up to Summit Lake Park was winding, but not horrifying. It looks as if the last portion is where the twists and turns come in, but by the middle of September, even without snow on the ground, the road was closed. A little disappointing, but I'm glad we got as far as we did. I wish the welcome center would have told us. Summit lake was beautiful and we saw many mountain goats. Take your time on the drive and it will be enjoyable!
Written 6 October 2021
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jlcraft1990
Greeneville, TN13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
This drive was not as scary or intimidating as some reviewers let on. If you’re a competent driver, don’t even question doing this - just do it!
We rode with our windows down and could feel the gradual temperature drop. We did get a little dizzy once we reached the summit, but take deep breaths and stay hydrated. Lots of pull overs for photo ops along the drive as well as the summit.
Written 15 August 2021
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MominOC
Orange County, CA4,960 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
First off reserve an entry time slot ahead of time. We did the reservation the morning of in early June. It was so easy to get to this National Forest from this side. Arrived at the ranger station in no time and up the road we went and found nature at its finest. The roads were not too bad in our non SUV we just had to watch for the potholes. Everyone was polite and drove safely. Views were incredible and this was a nice adventure. Even got to see the bighorn sheep, goats and marmots!
Written 6 July 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

travelwi812
Louisville, KY77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This isn’t for the faint at heart, but if you want a fantastic view of the area and the ability to say you have driven the highest road in North America, this is a great choice. The road is fairly narrow and has no guard rails, so make sure you can handle this. There are very few places you can turn around on your way up. We enjoyed seeing the tundra style plants and wildlife. We saw a lot of marmots, a herd of Bighorn does, and a mountain goat. Beware: the top is COLD and windy. Wear pants and a jacket.
Written 15 June 2022
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Amy S
Frostburg213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This byway has incredible views. Each turn has more beauty to offer than the next. Be sure to have gas and snacks as there are not many places to stop for either. Drive can sometimes be a little anxiety inducing but the beauty wins out. Wouldn't let me choose a date before this year - Mount Evans was closed due to COVID. Visited 2018.
Written 1 November 2020
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