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Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Denver, CO
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Ranked #2 of 142 Attractions in Denver
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Mountain biking, Driving
Description: 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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Denver, Colorado
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite stretches of road to drive when I visit Mt. Evans. The view is just stunning, and the drive is a little exhilarating as there are very few guard rails. The road is winding and the drop of is straight down.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It's been a number of years (not August 2014, but TripAdvisor won't let me put a date) since we rode up Mount Evans after it was recommended to us in the parking lot of the hotel we were staying at in Golden. It's paved all of the way up to the top (when we went, Pike's Peak was NOT paved... More

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Wheeler, Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We arrived after labor day so the last 5 miles of the road were closed but the first 9 miles were breathtaking. This road is not for the faint of heart however as there are not many guardrails on the switchback roads. The drive was truly exhilarating.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The byway up Mt Evans is billed as the highest paved road in the U.S. The scenery, lakes, and animal life are not to be missed if you are near Denver. Eat somewhere in Idaho Springs, a nice old mining town nearby.

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Burleson, Texas
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147 reviews 147 reviews
81 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The idea was to travel from Denver on I-70 to Squaw Pass road and take the Mount Evans Scenic Byway all the way to the top of Mount Evans. Then we would come back down and stop to eat at Echo Lake lodge on our way to Idaho Springs. We got a later start than we wanted and with the... More

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brisbane
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87 reviews 87 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Amazing views as you drive up the mountain. Unfortunately it was over cast when i was at the top but all the way up to Summit Lake the view was worth the drive. Such a beautiful part of the world

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Stuart, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We visited after Labor Day when the last five miles to the summit were closed but this was still a very spectacular drive. Don't miss the short walk to the overlook at the lake. Have a piece of pie at the lodge at Echo Lake on your way up or down.

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Stuart, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This drive was more enjoyable and spectacular than our drive up Pike's Peak! We stopped at one of the look-outs and were above the clouds - it was like looking out of an airplane window and we felt like we were on top of the world! Every turn showed a new and unbelievable view, with a beautiful lake and alpine... More

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Loved this trip. I took my girls up to the very top. It was actually in August and we had to have sweaters at the top - a storm came up quickly and it spit snow and was really cold. Exciting way to spend the day. We saw Elk, Mountain Goats and Moose.....lovely scenery. A must do when in Denver.

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Spectacular views aplenty all along the harrowing, paved byway leading to the top. I was equal parts horrified and dazzled...way more exhilarating at 5-20 mph than any roller coaster I've ever ridden.

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