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Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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Mt. Evans anytime of year is captivating

We go here about once a year, and considered having our wedding there, but no place for a... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Scary drive / ride

Once you get there, the view from the top is AWESOME! The ride up there is scary. The road is... read more

Reviewed December 7, 2018
Denver, Colorado
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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.
Denver, CO
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

We go here about once a year, and considered having our wedding there, but no place for a reception...the lake is lovely, and there's an easy walking path that goes around it, as well as harder hikes that go up on the mountain. We've been...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Jooleed2
Reviewed December 7, 2018

Once you get there, the view from the top is AWESOME! The ride up there is scary. The road is narrow & going around corners swing wide so they are on your side of the road. Just be patient & take your time.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 52cindy
Reviewed December 6, 2018

One of the most amazing scary things you’ll ever do It’s a slow ride to the top twisty turns with views to eternity Pack a lunch

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 2, 2018

Our drive on Mt Evans road was fun and exciting. We experienced rain, sun and snow all in the same drive. The road is scenic and their botanical gardens half-way along the road absolutely gorgeous. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sonia F
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Beautiful drive to the summit where you really get a one of a kind view of the continental divide. The scenery is multifaceted and takes you from a picturesque western valley all the way up to high alpine tundra. Wildlife viewing is excellent and there...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

Drove along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway during the middle part of November. The snowy vistas were breathtaking and indescribably beautiful.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank southeastofdisorder
Reviewed November 1, 2018

The road to the top of Mt. Evans isn't for the weak. It's challenging and very exciting at the same time. There's overlooks that are amazing. There's areas with lakes that you can stop and catch a breath, relax and meditate. If you are looking...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank DeeWalt43
Reviewed October 23, 2018

As is usual, the Mt Evans Road is closed for the season -- plan on visiting next year. It is worth the wait

Date of experience: October 2018
9  Thank James G
Reviewed October 16, 2018

If you are going to spend any time in the area then this is a must do drive for the great scenery you get on the way up. We went towards the end of September and the road was closed being Summit Lake (12800') but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GTSSurrey
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

I took this trip with a friend, and was our very first in the Denver area. I give it 10 stars. We had a full day tour to Majestic Red Rock amphitheatre followed by a drive/stop to Mt. Evans to witness the first snow fall...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 3, 2018|
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Response from Chachalaca11 | Reviewed this property |
Just put in Mt. Evans, as the lake is on the only road going up there. Or you can put in Echo Lake Lodge, which is the restaurant about 1/4 mile further up the road.
August 24, 2018|
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Response from Kaladawg | Reviewed this property |
Started to answer question over the weekend, but I must have forgotten to submit it. Yes, you can still drive up To the lake after Labor Day and when the last bit of road to the top closes. I checked the Forest Service... More
August 24, 2018|
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Response from Azouma | Reviewed this property |
Hi! It’s very easy to get to. The lake is not that far up the mountain, so I would assume it’s easy to access until it snows. I’m not sure when the very top closes. Have fun!