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“Spectacular Views”

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 23 June 2014

This drive treats you to many views that one usually has to hike or climb to find. The road is not for the faint of heart, as it sometimes hugs some pretty steep cliffs and has no guard rail, but the payoff is sweeping vistas and even some wildlife. Check ahead to make sure the road is open, and plan to arrive as early in the day as possible to increase the chances of clear skies at the top.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The family wanted to get as high as possible (elevation-wise) while spending a week in the Cripple Creek area. Pike's Peak was closest, but the cog rail seemed pricey (plus you only get to spend 40 minutes at the top), reviews of the turnpike method weren't very flattering, and many reviews mentioned lines and crowds. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to the byway from our cabin, but the scenery was amazing along the way. The drive to the top was simply amazing--make sure you stop at the pullouts, and take the time to walk the trail around the lake.

2  Thank Cameron B
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We were lucky to go on in truly great weather, and I was glad of that, because that was the most challenging mountain road I have ever driven. We stopped at the Echo Lake Lodge, from which there is a beautiful view of Echo Lake against the mountain backdrop. From there, the Byway climbs through gorgeous scenery up to the summit of 14,260 ft Mt. Evans. The challenge was that the road is quite narrow for most of the way, and gets a bit scary as you climb higher, particularly when you are on the outside of it, and there are no guard rails! You can be driving up towards a sharp curve and just see the sky beyond it! As the driver, you don't get to look around much until you can find a pull-off and stop.

Do stop at the Gorilla Preserve stop, where you can look down at an ancient bristlecone pine forest, and Summit Lake, where permafrost still exists (it's COLD, so you understand why!). From there, you drive the last, narrow and hairpin-bended road to the summit car park and installation, from which the hardy can climb up the rocky path to the summit of the mountain. The views are magnificent in every direction. It's certainly worth it to go up there. Great experience.

4  Thank janidb
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

This is a 28 mile drive up to Mount Evans, one of the mountains over 14000 feet in the Rockies. You have to purchase a $10.00 pass (good for 3 days) to go to the top then you have a short hike to the summit. Be prepared for snow and cold temperatures (was low 40's) as well as thin air. Keep hydrated and hang on! Some curves are very tight and appear to drop off which makes for spectacular views, but can also be scary! We passed a couple of lakes. If you are lucky you'll see elk, marmot, bighorn sheep and mountain goats! We passed several bicyclers on this mostly narrow road. The round trip will take at least four hours. We had a snowball fight along the way which is especially fun in June.

6  Thank MyLifeIsAwesome
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Rode to the top on our trip. $10 fee to drive to the top, buetiful views. It was cold on top (27) and wind was blowing hard. The road at the very top was bumpy but well worth the trip. Mt Evans was way better than pikes peak.

3  Thank anthony c
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