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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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hollywood, california
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Souvenir shop on steroids! Great stopoff at 10,000 feet on the way to Mt Evans. Lots of great memories of this location including ice skating on the lake in years past!

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Ocheyedan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This drive is not for the faint of heart! Go early in the morning before there is tons of traffic! Take your time and when you get to the top climb the last way for awesome views!

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Colonie, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I think I just reviewed the mountain instead of this byway. Beautiful time. Went from the mid 70s at the bottom of the mountain and it was in the low 40s when we got to the top, so if you plan on getting out of the car along the way, bring something warm to wear for the top. There are... More

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San Jose, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My husband and I drove for over an hour to visit this on vacation because it had such amazing reviews. We finally got there and stayed less than 5 mins. It was nothing spectacular. After having visited Lake Tahoe and other mountainous areas, I wouldn't reccommend it unless you are really bored and have a lot of free time.

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toronto
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is an amazing, beautiful drive. You are driving through winding roads, with magnificent views of the Rockies. There are a view points along the way to the top that you can stop at and enjoy the scenery. Once at the top, it is just breath taking. We saw many goats and other small creatures along the road, and loved... More

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Denver, Colorado
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
82 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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