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Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Denver, CO
+1 303-567-4660
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Beautiful Drive

Mount Evans scenic Byway is beautiful day trip. Try to go during the week as weekends can get... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lance Y
Denver, Colorado
Pretty Day Trip

This was a very pretty drive and a nice day trip. Recommended if you have time. Great view of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Golden, Colorado
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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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank 542bernadettew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As you begin your trip stop at the Idaho Springs Visitor Center. You will get directions and up dates on road closures. The drive up the switch backs was enjoyable and we did pull off to take a few pictures. At about 10,000 feet is...More

1  Thank amywalker175
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss this drive if you are in the area. It is on Highway 5 off Highway 103 near Idaho Springs. If you are scared of high elevation roads with no guardrail this is not the drive for you. It is one of the prettiest...More

2  Thank Rita J
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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.