Mount Evans
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From the top of Mount Evans, you’ll have the neighboring mountains and the Great Plains at your feet. To get there, drive from the town of Idaho Springs all the way to the mountaintop, pulling over occasionally to soak up the commanding views of the surroundings. The hike to the summit from the parking lot takes less than 10 minutes. Make sure you visit in the warmer months, as the road to Mount Evans is closed for the best part of the year. If you’re up for some intense trekking, hike the 5.3-mile trail from Summit Lake. – Tripadvisor
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Cecilia S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends

Mount Evans near Denver is a stunning escape into nature. The drive to the summit unveils breathtaking views, and at 14,264 feet, the panorama is simply awe-inspiring. Surrounded by wildlife and alpine beauty, it's a must-visit for nature lovers seeking a quick, unforgettable mountain getaway!!
Written December 26, 2023
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K B
Houston, TX10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Once we got to the top, it was worth the terrifying drive up. I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life and I don’t think I would ever do it again.
Written August 21, 2023
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Cassbella
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Initially went to explore Idaho Springs but after seeing it as another tourist stop we ventured to the top of Mt Evans which is 14,000 feet above sea level! 14 miles to the top where we encountered sun, rain, sleet and snow at the summit. We even saw lightning strike as we came back down. The road up was nerve racking in several spots but just take it easy.
So glad we decided to do this vs leaving town.

On the way back down a few miles from town is a turn off with beautiful waterfalls that you can easily wade in the upper falls on a sunny warm day.
Next time we will have water shoes ready to go.
Written June 7, 2023
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Rodney M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Spectacular 90 minute curvy drive from Denver drive to the summit of Mount Evans. It's worth the drive! View is spectacular! Make sure to reserve!
Written April 12, 2023
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Michael E
Northbrook, IL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Climbed on a bike from Idaho Springs on a perfect day in mid June (shortly after the road opened) with family driving up after spending some time in Idaho Springs. Great experience we all enjoyed, exhilarating views. Key was first acclimating for a week in Colorado sleeping around 8000' with some smaller climbs and also picking a nice sunny day with low winds. The road surface is great to Echo Lake, so-so before Summit Lake, then pretty bad, so took the family car down.
Written March 18, 2023
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Cristyle B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Beautiful drive up, a couple lakes and views for days! I've visted many times and have never been disappointed!
Written February 23, 2023
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SergioEvergreen
Evergreen, CO143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The drive up was fun with plenty of wildlife to gawk at. The top is difficult to describe except to say that the views are spectacular.
Written January 11, 2023
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Samantha Gardner
Ames, IA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We were nervous because we went on a whim with no reservation not long before it closed, but we were able to pay and drive right in. We had to keep moving to not lose daylight, but it was an excellent drive with beautiful views. Because it was later in the day, we had the top of the mountain to ourselves. It was quite chilly, so bring a jacket, but it was well worth it. Drive slow and watch out for people driving too fast on the switchbacks.
Written October 27, 2022
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A. M.
82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
What a drive with switchbacks, great views, and thinner air at the top. Be sure to take your time and enjoy the ride up to the top. Bring a jacket for the top it's colder, This is higher than the famous Pike Peak however no train! You must drive it. We loved it. If your comfortable with mountain driving this is worth the drive.
Written September 11, 2022
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oohl
Adelaide, Australia234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Beautiful drive, lots of pullouts on the road and scenic vistas.... and we had our fill of Rocky Mtn sheep pics.
Written September 9, 2022
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