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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I lived in Denver for 8 years and never made it to the top. It’s usually open from Memorial Day to Labor Day due to weather. It’s a bit scary drive for some but not bad especially if you know mountain driving. At the base...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank golfmansam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the views from the top. Bring a sweater and or jacket as it can be cold. Worth the drive but you'll want to be careful due to the narrow roads.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Happiness656276
Reviewed January 6, 2019

The ride on Mt Evans Road was very exciting--all kinds of weather, from rain, to sunshine to fog and snow. The view can be iffy depending on the weather, but definitely worth the climb.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sonia F
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Mount Evans road makes getting to the top of a 14er accessible to everyone. The narrow winding road provides vistas of the Rocky Mountains. A stop for a picnic lunch at Summit Lake is perfect before heading up the remainder of the road, Summer weekend...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MBarb10
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

Great place to spend some time. 1 hour or so from the city of Denver. Avoid the traffic in winter and head out early

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GCHensley
Reviewed December 16, 2018

This is an amazingly easy way to get a great view from the top of a 14'er. The road (harrowing as it may be to some drivers) will take you nearly to the top of the mountain. Along the way, you'll see incredible landscapes and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 317noscreenname
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Not many places offer the view that you get from the top of the Mt. Evans Highway. Make sure you dress warm because it is not uncommon to have snow at the top even in July.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank J D
Reviewed December 9, 2018

After the drive up the beautiful Scenic Byway, we parked in the lot (parking can be tricky!!) and continued on foot to the summit. Wow. Was beautiful - but a bit crowded with people of all ages and pets. Not bad, but definitely not solitude...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RAJKIN96
Reviewed December 3, 2018

We had done the drive 20 years ago in July and it was too foggy. We decided to go again near the end of the season on labor day weekend. If you live in CO, hike a smaller peak and avoid the crowds. It was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Robin E
Reviewed November 30, 2018

Absolutely amazing experience. The drive can be a little adventurous if you're not used to the Colorado roads but an absolute must if you have the time to make the trip. Paved road to a nice parking lot only a few feet from one of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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January 20, 2019|
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Response from RAJKIN96 | Reviewed this property |
In the spring/summer, yes. Drive up the road. Then the last few hundred feet is trail to get to the summit - if baby is in a back-pack or front carrier or something similar would be fine for someone in good shape. Baby... More
September 5, 2018|
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Response from Cherry R | Reviewed this property |
Check the website. Is possibly already closed for the season.
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August 28, 2018|
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Response from TanjaRiitta | Reviewed this property |
Hi, pick up truck is fine! We had a buss and there was enough parking place for that too. Enjoy your visit! :)
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Zahir A
5 day trip, advice on planning needed. (3 Replies)
We (a 69 year old male, 15 year old male and a 50 year old female) will be landing at Denver airport on the last week in July on a Sunday morning. We leave back for St. Louis on the following Saturday. We would rent a car. We want to take the 5 days to sight see. We are interested in scenic parks and natural stuff. Just reading, thought of Echo lake, Mt. Evans scenic byway and the rest is open. Been advised on Moab and the two parks (Arches and Canyon Land) but not certain of other options. ...More
June 22, 2018|
Response fromCasaAzul|
With only 5 days, just stay in Colorado. I'd look at Rocky Mountain NP, Summit County (Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, Breckenridge), Salida/Buena Vista area. For red rocks visit Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
Lauren W
Syracuse, New York
advice on this itinerary... (21 Replies)
This ain't going to look good for some of you, I suspect... but here goes nothing. This is the itinerary I have planned for our upcoming trip to Denver (hubby and I): Friday 8/10 – arrive Denver 6pm Saturday 8/11 – Wolves @ Manitou Cliff Dwellings (1.5 hrs away) Sunday 8/12 – Bear Lake to Emerald Lake hike (3.1M) (2 hrs away) Monday 8/13 – Kayaking in Lake Dillon Tuesday 8/14 – Mount Evans drive in AM (1.5 hrs away); UTV tour at Camp Hale, 1-4pm Wednesday 8/15 – Botanic Gardens/Molly...More
August 06, 2018|
Response fromfv1989|
8/17 - Are you confusing the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway with Trail Ridge Road in RMNP? The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway travels from Black Hawk to Estes Park. You don't need to get an early start to drive the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. You definitely need to get an early start if you are planning to drive all of Trail Ridge Road as a loop trip from Denver. See my reply #5 at this recent topic which describes in detail making a loop trip along Trail Ridge Road from Denver. https:/…93630842
Help with Colorado trip with kids (18 Replies)
Hi, We are looking for some help with our vacation plans. We will be in Colorado for 10 days and we have 4 and 7year-old boys. We are flying into Denver and then driving to Durango. Our final destination will be Castlerock (family there). We plan on spending a few days there at the end of our trip. We have plans to take the Durango Silverton train. We want to go to Mesa Verde for a day. Our 4 year-old probably will be afraid to climb the ladders there. Well Mesa Verde still be a good...More
July 02, 2015|
Response fromDavefromColMD|
You don't have to climb any ladders to visit Mesa Verde. The only ladder climbing is on the ranger guided tours of Cliff Palace or Balcony House. The ladders at Cliff Palace are very wide and and it is more like going up steep stairs than climbing a ladder as they are against a rock face. The rest of Mesa Verde is a drive around short walks. It is an easy day trip from Durango. About 45 minutes to the park and another 30 to 45 minutes to Chapin Mesa Sites. Colorado National Monument is...More