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Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Ranked #5 of 259 things to do in Denver
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Owner description: This high-altitude scenic drive climbs more than 7,000 feet in just 28 miles, reaching an altitude of 14,264 feet.
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Don['t think about going on this thrill ride-- just go!!! You will be perfectly fine on the road.
It is narrow in places and no guardrails, but you will miss the long horn sheep and the mountain goats if you chicken out! The views are spectacular. Just take it slow and enjoy the ride. This is a don't miss and a high point of our trip to Colorado. Again, you will be perfectly safe.
And be sure to stop for pie at Echo Lodge as your reward on the way back down. Try the coconut cream.... note: this road is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day- and could close earlier if weather conditions require it. We went up on Labor Day and the weather was gorgeous and not too cold on top. But take a jacket. If you have the senior pass for National Parks, it is accepted at the gates. Drink lots of water to fight altitude sickness.

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Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

Wow, this scenic drive lives up to all of the recent reviews. Stellar, beautiful, awe inspiring and breathtaking are only a few words to describe it. Drive through some hairy turns and avoid the wild life to be rewarded at the top with a vista that rivals places like the Grand Canyon. Just a couple of caveats: bring a jacket (it was 92 degrees in Denver and 39 degrees at the top), budget lots of time to stop at all of the beautiful vistas to look around and take plenty of pictures and if you have a heart or lung condition, please check with your doctor before going the altitude (14,000 feet) and subsequent low oxygen content has landed many a traveller in big trouble as there are no hospitals or easy ways to get off the mountain.

1  Thank danothetravelingfool
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Again, this is only a photographer's perspective. Bottom line, though, is would I go back. And the answer is DEFINITELY !!!! And for a number of reasons......

And BRING A COAT !!!!! On this late August day, it was in the 90's in Denver. At the summit, it was 41 degrees and windy, raining/hailing (not ferociously, but enough that I chose to take a cat nap in the car until it subsided, as digital cameras are rather allergic to precipitation). My shots from the summit of Mt Evans, itself, were somewhat limited because the atmospheric conditions, which, though interesting, were not ideal for scenic photography. I look forward to further exploration under different conditions.

To my surprise and GREAT delight, one comes upon a WONDERFULLY Tolkienesque landscape at Mt Goliath (which is about 3 miles into the 14 mile scenic byway) !!!!!!!!!!! This place, alone, was worth the $10 admission fee. It is an area filled with what is believed to be the oldest known organisms on earth (over 5,000 years old) — Bristlecones Pines, which grow in scattered subalpine groves at high altitude in arid regions of the Western United States. These twisted, knarly specimens truly capture one's interest and imagination. In my rush to get to the summit, I almost didn't stop here. As it turned out, it was the highlight of my day. After visiting the summit, I stopped once again, on the way down.

And I SHALL return......

1  Thank Michael F
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

If you drive the Mt Evans scenic byway don't pass up the Echo Lake Lodge. It has a bit of history to it and good food as well. We came up on a busy Sunday afternoon, but sat down and got our lunch in a decent time. There are hummingbird feeders outside the windows of the restaurant and our grop was fascinated. If you have time there is a quick hike around the beautiful lake. Don't worry it is not that big of a lake. Just a short trip up from Denver if you just want to go to the lodge and skip the byway. Take the camera!

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

I was weary about traveling here because I tend to get car sick and had read a lot of reviews about the drive. However, it wasn't nearly as bad as I had thought and it was DEFINITELY worth it! The views were gorgeous! This ended up being one of the highlights of our trip to Denver. The road is definitely not for faint of heart- it is 2 lanes with lots of winds and curves and there is no guard rail. However, you are traveling at a relatively slow speed and the curves are not as narrow as you might fear. We only made it as far up as Echo Lake because the rain had brought in clouds that were making the roads higher up impossible to see, so you might check the weather before you go. This is a great place to experience the beauty Denver has to offer!

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