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Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Denver, CO
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Ranked #2 of 141 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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Emporium, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Me and my husband went here the day before it closed. Beautiful scenery, but the road not so much. There are a few places to pull off, but many have a foot drop off from the pavement. I'd use them if I had my truck, but no way in a rental car! If you freak out easy this may not... More

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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful scenic drive but not for the faint of heart! After the self pay IMO it was a bit scary. Up until that point I felt OK hugging the road but after the self pay your on the outer part of the road. Made my stomach leap. Was windy and a bit chilly but a breath taking view. Do it,... More

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426 reviews 426 reviews
173 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

What a great drive! The road definitely isn't for the faint of heart as it is very windy & does not have a guard rail. Luckily all of the drivers are respectful & driving appropriately. There were a fair amount of bicyclists the day we were there so that added to the crazy driving. Once you reach the top you... More

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

We saw this article in a local newsletter and decided to take a look. The drive up to the first big lake, which I think was called Echo Lake was just lovely and good for photos!! There is a restaurant and gift shop by the lake, and a good place if you need the restroom!! There are also picnic tables... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is not really that far from Denver and well worth the trip in Summer. The road although sealed is not first class so proceed with caution. The scenery towards the top is quite barren but that sort of makes it beautiful in another way. Breathing up there for most mortals is difficult, so be prepared to huff and puff... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The drive up was very exciting! But when you finally reach the top, it literally takes your breath away! Dress warmly though! It got a little chilly!

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Long Island, NY
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Perfect way to escape the city and experience some fresh air and gorgeous mountain top views! The weather was not promising when we took off, and got increasingly worse the higher we went. But the views were still stunning and we had many opportunities to take beautiful pictures! As we got closer to the summit, around 12,000 feet, it began... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Trip Advisor directions are wrong. It's located in Idaho Springs - see the website for correct directions. We had an amazing experience! The drive was exhilarating! I didn't know if my stomach was in my throat or my knees. We went our 2nd day in Colorado and being from Houston, needed to be careful adjusting to the altitude (hydrated, went... More

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Irvine, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I came out here because I had a rental car and a half day to myself during my four night stay in Denver. The traffic was terrible on a Saturday. Morning weather was nice but storm moved in by afternoon, so traffic was worse. Road up to Mt. Evans was damaged but it was all worth it. I came here... More

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Conifer, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Nice, easy drive on paved roads with awesome views. The road is winding at times and there are a lot of bicyclist, especially on weekends, just take it slow and enjoy the views. The road to the top of Mount Evans in generally open from Memorial Day to Labor Day depending on weather conditions. Get an early start, afternoon thunderstorms... More

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