We've lived in the Front Range area for almost 7 years now and still frequent Mount Evans. It is one of the most spectacular scenic destinations around. This is one of the first places we take visitors when they come to stay with us and at the end of their stay it is always one of their favorite activities.
The road is closed several months out of the year due to snow, so check the web site to make sure the road is open before you head out. The road typically closes not too long after Labor Day and doesn't reopen until June.
When you do go, you're assured sites of yellow-bellied marmots sunning on the rocks and mountain goats sitting high atop the rocky vistas. If you time it right (early-mid July), the roadside on the way up is absolutely covered with wildflowers, a nature photographer's paradise. If you want to get that perfect photo, be sure to bring along a tripod and a camera w/ either a timer or a remote control.
There are a couple of alpine lakes on the way to the summit, one of which has a trail leading to an absolutely spectacular overlook. Wear shoes comfortable for hiking. There are a number of trails along the way that you will want to explore, even in the tundra areas.
The road is always lined with bicyclists, but if you're like me and not fit enough to bike to the top, the scenic drive is breaktaking - - literally since there are a number of tight turns along the switchbacks.
One of the reasons Mount Evans is so spectacular is because it is all natural. Unlike Pike's Peak, there are no commercial establishments at the summit. There are clean restroom facilities at the summit (as well as all along the road up to the summit), but that's it. No gift shops and no restaurants. If you want to plan to eat a meal during this drive, either take it with you or plan to stop at Echo Lake Lodge at the bottom. They have great food and even better homemade desserts. They also have a very nice assortment of items in their extensive gift shop.
Whether you live in the area or you're just visiting, take the time to visit Mount Evans. You won't regret it. Do bring a jacket as it is almost always necessary at the summit. And don't forget to bring a camera - - you'll want to take pictures at every curve of the road!
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