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!
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