Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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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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Otto West
15 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Extremely different experience driving up here, I'll let the bikers and hikers speak to their experiences. No guardrail, just a bunch of switchbacks which were fairly easily negotiated when oncoming traffic worked with you. Some drivers, however, were apparently in a race to the top and were passing people. Anyway, once up there (and a lot of the way up) the views are spectacular. Well worth your time.

Note: you must pre-purchase a time ticket to get on the road. The ranger estimated they turn half the vehicles away because they just show up. There are signs, but...
Written July 23, 2021
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tlceey
Littleton23 contributions
Aug 2019
We drive the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway (Highway 5) at least once every summer. Via I-70 from downtown Denver to Idaho Springs exit 240 is about 32.5 miles, to Highway 103. Highway 5 is about 13 miles of Chicago Creek, past Chicago Forks and just beyond picuresque Echo Lake 10,600'. Denver Botanic Gardens Mount Goliath Dos Chappell Nature Center, +3 miles) at about 11,500' is advised; with hikes among wildflowers and bristlecone pines. Continuing UP Highway 5, views open to all directions, wildflowers line the road, and critters appear (marmots, pika, bighorns, mountain goats, and birds) Sharp dropoffs beside the road are common, hence the warning about acrophobia/a
goraphobia. Six miles to Summit Lake, 13,000' is stunning, with views up, down, sideways; parking is often crowded. Great views of the lake with Mt. Evans behind. Many, many alpine wildflowers through July into August. Occasionally wildlife near the lake. The final 5+ miles to "summit parking" at 14,130 abounds with switchbacks, pulloffs, sights, and often animals. Pika are elusive, marmots like to eat and sun, bighorns wander, and mountain goat are often along this section and/or at the top. Views from Longs Peak to Pikes Peak north and south, to the Collegiate Peaks west, and Denver and the Great Plains east. A short gravel walk/crawl to the peak at 14,250 is available. Water, sunscreen, snacks/food as this is a half to full day venture (120 miles round trip minimum) from downtown Denver. Bring layers of clothing.
Written January 8, 2020
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Ana
Houston, TX22 contributions
Nov 2019
Absolutely Stunning! We couldn't make it all the way to Mount Evans because that part of the road was closed in October but we made it to echo lake and it was truly beautiful. The drive there was also a sight to see and there are a couple of "stops" on the way up where you can park and take pictures on the side of the road. Just absolutely wonderful views, I'm in love with the mountains now! Being from Texas and seeing just pains and no snow, it is truly a different world and a sight to see.
Written October 17, 2020
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jane
New York152 contributions
Sep 2021
We arrived in Idaho Springs in afternoon and decided to drive up Mount Evans. Pleasant drive up and through the moutains, we stopped by Echo Lake to walk around for awhile which was lovely. We were unaware that reservations were still necessary to drive to the top (visited on Labor Day) and visitor center and parking was too crowded so we just drove the rest of the route. Saw some elkhorn sheep and stopped for some pictures at scenic overlooks.
Written September 22, 2021
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Jen K
Lititz, PA183 contributions
Sep 2021
Mount Evans Scenic Byway is a very beautiful, scenic drive. Make sure you buy your tickets in town before driving up to the welcome station.The drive up to Summit Lake Park was winding, but not horrifying. It looks as if the last portion is where the twists and turns come in, but by the middle of September, even without snow on the ground, the road was closed. A little disappointing, but I'm glad we got as far as we did. I wish the welcome center would have told us. Summit lake was beautiful and we saw many mountain goats. Take your time on the drive and it will be enjoyable!
Written October 6, 2021
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Rob S
Boise, ID594 contributions
Jun 2021
This was the highlight of our trip, way better than our visit to Pikes Peak. Road was not crowded thanks to the reservation system and the summit wasn't packed either. Lots of cool views on this road, the highest in the U.S.
Written June 26, 2021
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DebR
Boston, MA21 contributions
Jul 2020
We took this ride in July 2020 it was very scenic with breath taking views. We were hoping to drive to the top of Mt. Evans but the auto road was closed. We saw a deer 🦌 eating on the side of the road we stopped to take pictures.
Written July 18, 2020
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houstonnative47
Missouri City, TX1,109 contributions
Oct 2019
We drove this scenic byway hoping to drive to Mt. Evans but only made it to Echo Lake as the road to the peak was already closed in October. However we drove all the way to Evergreen and it was a great drive on a nice road with colorful aspen leaves to look at. Juniper Pass was a great stop along the way.
Written January 27, 2020
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jlcraft1990
Greeneville, TN2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
This drive was not as scary or intimidating as some reviewers let on. If you’re a competent driver, don’t even question doing this - just do it!
We rode with our windows down and could feel the gradual temperature drop. We did get a little dizzy once we reached the summit, but take deep breaths and stay hydrated. Lots of pull overs for photo ops along the drive as well as the summit.
Written August 15, 2021
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travelwi812
Louisville, KY75 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
This isn’t for the faint at heart, but if you want a fantastic view of the area and the ability to say you have driven the highest road in North America, this is a great choice. The road is fairly narrow and has no guard rails, so make sure you can handle this. There are very few places you can turn around on your way up. We enjoyed seeing the tundra style plants and wildlife. We saw a lot of marmots, a herd of Bighorn does, and a mountain goat. Beware: the top is COLD and windy. Wear pants and a jacket.
Written June 15, 2022
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