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Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Denver, CO
+1 303-567-4660
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Leisurely drive as far as we could go

We didn't make it to the top of Mount Evans due to winter closure, but we enjoyed the drive and the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jazzie F
what an amazing gem

1st I am a lover of National Parks...but we made trip to Denver and Rocky Mtn National Park and I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mary s
Greenville, South Carolina
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This high-altitude scenic drive climbs more than 7,000 feet in just 28 miles, reaching an altitude of 14,264 feet.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't make it to the top of Mount Evans due to winter closure, but we enjoyed the drive and the numerous viewpoints and stops. Echo Lake is worth a good 30 minute stop. It's quiet and peaceful and if you find some sun, you...More

Thank jazzie F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1st I am a lover of National Parks...but we made trip to Denver and Rocky Mtn National Park and I have to say that MT EVANS is equally breath taking and just essentially right there a quick travel from Denver and magnificent views. We saw...More

Thank mary s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mount Evans scenic Byway is beautiful day trip. Try to go during the week as weekends can get really busy up there. I-70 getting up there also gets bogged down on the weekends. Well worth the trip, better with less traffic.

1  Thank Lance Y
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a very pretty drive and a nice day trip. Recommended if you have time. Great view of Denver from the top. Check for snow before you go though.

Thank AUav8r
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is a beautiful, but scary drive if you're not used to driving through the mountain passes. Despite the 'scary' part of it, and the road condition not being the greatest, it is still worth the trip. The views are amazing. We visited towards the...More

2  Thank 542bernadettew
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is a very nice half day drive just west of Denver. Echo Lake is a great spot for a picnic. If you want a longer trip take the road to the top of Mt. Evans and enjoy the spectacular views. To make a loop...More

Thank Patrick D
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is only open a few months out of the year. The road to the top of Mt evans is not for the faint of heart. It is the highest mountain road in north america. There is a one lane gravel road at the top...More

1  Thank jackson5555
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We drive this once a year because it’s the best views in Colorado! Having lived in Colorado since 1966, I can say this is always worth the trip! Only place on earth you can see bighorn sheep and mountain goats in the same afternoon all...More

Thank GrndLkNatv
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The drive is a bit scary but the views are well worth the drive. Echo Lake Park was one of our stops. Although the road leading up to Mount Evans was closed we still were able to see some beautiful scenery! I would recommend it!

Thank Marie W
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Great day trip from Denver to get top of the world views via one of the highest paved roads in north America! Make sure to bring water to drink to offset the affects of the high elevation. Once at the parking area, you can hop...More

Thank Jason P
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8 November 2017|
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Response from ttmt2 | Reviewed this property |
The road is definitely not open to the summit. Not sure exactly how far up you can go right now though. You should be able to get to Echo Lake lodge and maybe summit lake. Stop in the visitors center in Idaho Springs and... More
Tarcio F
31 October 2017|
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Response from breakanother | Reviewed this property |
It is closed for the season at Echo Lake
Sarah R
19 October 2017|
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Response from erayfield | Reviewed this property |
No way to get to the top of Mt. Evans now, but you get pretty high (no pun) getting to the entrance. The drive is worth the time, and there are several places to pull over and hike.