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“You CAN reach the summit of a "Fourteener" (14 thousand-foot mountain)!”
Review of Mount Evans

Mount Evans
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Private Day Tour of Mt Evans from Denver
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Mount Evans Tour: Best Views Close to Denver
Ranked #2 of 255 things to do in Denver
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Colorado
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18 reviews
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“You CAN reach the summit of a "Fourteener" (14 thousand-foot mountain)!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Mount Evans is due west of Denver, and is about an hour away. It's open from Memorial Day (May 23rd) to Labor Day (Sept.1st), although opening/closing can be extended or curtailed, depending on the weather. The road to the summit stops at 14,264 feet; 154 feet higher than the road to the summit of Pikes Peak. There is another 130 feet to the top, accessible by hiking trail.
In ascending Mount Evans, you will pass through several climate zones, with flora and fauna unique to each one. Lower down, one may see 2,000-year-old Bristlecone Pine trees; one of the very few places in the country where these ancients are located. Higher up, you'll see alpine lakes and arctic tundra, and then watch the trees become more stunted until they finally disappear at 'tree line', above which it's too cold for them to survive. By the time that you reach the summit, the temperature will have dropped around 40 degrees from the plains below, where Denver sits. TAKE A JACKET or other wrap; even in mid-summer, it can be very cold and windy up there!
There are many indigenous animals to view on the way up; notably Whistling Marmots, a woodchuck-like animal; Pikas, small Chinchilla-looking rodents who live in the rocks; Rocky Mountain Goats, large, with black horns and long white fur; Mountain Sheep, which look like a larger version of domestic sheep, with curled horns and a buff-brown coat. There are many bird species that live up there, as well, and if one is lucky, there may be a black or grizzly bear ambling about.
The view from the summit is nothing short of breath-taking (not to mention the altitude!) From the remains of the Summit House, there is a sweeping view of the Continental Divide, the foothills and the plains, and Denver stands out on the plains near the foothills, like an oasis in a sea of gold.
Just remember to take a covering - jacket, sweater (jumper), or coat - and remember that you're at an altitude where there's little oxygen, so move slowly and with purpose to avoid altitude sickness. Above all, TAKE A CAMERA; even though it's unforgettable, you'll want to share the majesty!

Visited December 2012
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Arvada
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“Mt. Evans, Colorado. a great way to see the mountains easily”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

If this is your first time to Colorado, and want an easy mountain experience, Mt. Evans is a great idea! The roads are all paved, and you get to experience being 14,000 feet in elevation! There are usually animals (mountain goats) and the views are incredible! Take a jacket even in the hot summer months. It will be chilly! There is a slight fee for your car, but it is well worth it. Caution: if you can't deal with the thin air, you should go somewhere else. High Altitude Sickness is no fun!

Visited August 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Beautiful, easy to get to.”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you are visiting Colorado especially Denver this is a guaranteed fun day. Highest paved road in the US. Beautiful views, the road down the back in the fall is gorgeous. Great little lake and picnic ground at the bottom before you drive up. Closed now in the winter, although one can drive up to the base from the turn off from I-70.

Visited September 2013
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
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“It's a 14er, the views are amazing”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Save your money and skip Pikes Peak, instead go to Mount Evans and enjoy amazing views and a truly unique experience. You can hike as much of the mountain as you'd like or drive to the top and then just hike the summit. Even if you do not hike, you still will have million dollar views.

Visited July 2013
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Denver
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“If you come to Denver you must climb”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful spots in Denver even if you must go by car you can see goats, maybe black bears and mountain lions depends on your luck and the weather as cold should go with thermal clothing. to get to the top we had a beautiful view all around. Best to go in the summer because it is full of wild flowers

Visited February 2013
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