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Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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This is a great place to visit if you want to bag the easiest 14er in the state!

Beautiful drive to the summit where you really get a one of a kind view of the continental divide... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Denver, Colorado
Snowy Vistas = Rocky Mountain Highs

Drove along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway during the middle part of November. The snowy vistas were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 13, 2012

A recent federal court decision decreed that a blanket fee like the one the Forest Service tries to charge at the base of the Mt Evans road is illegal. You can enter the area, drive the road, stop along the roadsides, hike into the wilderness,...More

31  Thank Chilkoot_Hiker
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 1, 2018

I was torn between rating this drive a 5 because of the sheer amazingly, awe-inspiring fear and dread for driver, and a 1 for the exact same reason. We had driven down from Breckenridge & did a 3 hour white-water raft trip out of Idaho...More

32  Thank John S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful drive to the summit where you really get a one of a kind view of the continental divide. The scenery is multifaceted and takes you from a picturesque western valley all the way up to high alpine tundra. Wildlife viewing is excellent and there...More

Thank Skis4fun
Reviewed 3 days ago

Drove along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway during the middle part of November. The snowy vistas were breathtaking and indescribably beautiful.

Thank southeastofdisorder
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The road to the top of Mt. Evans isn't for the weak. It's challenging and very exciting at the same time. There's overlooks that are amazing. There's areas with lakes that you can stop and catch a breath, relax and meditate. If you are looking...More

1  Thank DeeWalt43
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As is usual, the Mt Evans Road is closed for the season -- plan on visiting next year. It is worth the wait

7  Thank James G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are going to spend any time in the area then this is a must do drive for the great scenery you get on the way up. We went towards the end of September and the road was closed being Summit Lake (12800') but...More

Thank GTSSurrey
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

I took this trip with a friend, and was our very first in the Denver area. I give it 10 stars. We had a full day tour to Majestic Red Rock amphitheatre followed by a drive/stop to Mt. Evans to witness the first snow fall...More

Thank Jooj1971
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Although the weather wasn’t all that clear, the experience of winding our way up the steep cliffs of the dead end road was thrilling and ruggedly beautiful. This road is not for the faint of heart (no guard rails for most of the way), it...More

Thank Escapists2
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Very cool place to visit! Dont go on Fathers Day (it was crowded) Highly recommend it view was spectacular. Mountain goats all around for viewing. Stop at Beau Jo's Pizza in Idaho Springs after for a yummy dinner.

Thank Craig B
Reviewed October 2, 2018

The road to Mt. Evans is fantastic! The 14 mile journey up to 14,000 elevation is challenging. Perhaps not for the faint of heart. There are lots of switchbacks, and no guardrails but that adds to the excitement. An awesome place to see the Big...More

Thank rshamer
Reviewed September 26, 2018

This drive 1 hour out of the southen Denver area towards the western mountains off 7 near Idaho springs go south again, follow the signs & amazing Vista, after, Vista will fill your eyes with unforgettable views.

Thank HeatherColoradogirl
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September 3, 2018|
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Response from Chachalaca11 | Reviewed this property |
Just put in Mt. Evans, as the lake is on the only road going up there. Or you can put in Echo Lake Lodge, which is the restaurant about 1/4 mile further up the road.
August 24, 2018|
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Response from Kaladawg | Reviewed this property |
Started to answer question over the weekend, but I must have forgotten to submit it. Yes, you can still drive up To the lake after Labor Day and when the last bit of road to the top closes. I checked the Forest Service... More
August 24, 2018|
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Response from Azouma | Reviewed this property |
Hi! It’s very easy to get to. The lake is not that far up the mountain, so I would assume it’s easy to access until it snows. I’m not sure when the very top closes. Have fun!