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Mount Evans

With an elevation of 14,265 feet (4,348 meters), Mount Evans is the 12th-highest peak in Colorado and one of the state’s 58 “Fourteeners”—peaks above 14,000 feet (4,300 meters). Part of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, it’s easily accessible from Denver via the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

 

The Basics

Mount Evans is a popular day trip from Denver, 60 miles (95 kilometers) east. Those who don’t want to drive can join private and group tours for a hassle-free experience to the top of the mountain. Travel along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, which begins south of Idaho Springs. Gaining more than 7,000 feet (2,000 meters) in elevation, it is the highest paved road in North America.

 

The landscape changes as you ascend—watch for bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and other wildlife among wildflowers, depending on the time of year you’re visiting. At the summit, be rewarded with views of alpine lakes, valleys, and other mountain peaks.

 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Weather can change quickly in the mountains; be prepared for short storms and bring layers, as it is often much colder here than in Denver.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, sunscreen, and a hat when exploring hiking trails in the area.
  • Fees are charged per vehicle or per person for hikers and bikers.
  • Parking at the summit is usually available on weekdays; you may wait up to 30 minutes for a parking spot on crowded weekends.

 

How to Get There

From Denver, head west on Interstate 70 to Idaho Springs and then turn south onto State Highway 103, the start of the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. At Echo Lake, continue south on State Highway 5 to reach the top of the mountain. Or, arrive as part of a tour that includes transportation.

 

When to Get There

Because vehicles can access the summit, it can be very crowded with summer travelers and locals visiting on weekends; try going on a weekday and arrive in the early morning for the best photo ops and available parking and to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. The narrow, winding upper section of the byway is typically only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

 

Echo Lake and Summit Lake

During the journey along the byway, two parks offer the chance to stretch your legs, explore hiking trails, or relax—Echo Lake Park, at the junction of Highways 103 and 5, and Summit Lake Park, 9 miles (14 kilometers) farther up the road. Stop by Echo Lake Lodge to visit the restaurant, bar, or gift shop, and watch for mountain goats at Summit Lake.

Address: Mount Evans, Denver, Colorado, USA
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Private Scenic Mount Evans Tour from Denver

Private Scenic Mount Evans Tour from Denver

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Experience the dazzling heights and dramatic vistas of the Rocky Mountains on this private day tour to Mt Evans, one of Colorado’s tallest and most famous peaks. Departing from Denver, travel along scenic Interstate 70 through a landscape of winding mountain roads and historic silver mining towns, keeping a sharp eye out for wildlife like bison and bighorn sheep. Soak up the spectacular views from the top of the famous ‘14-er,’ (during summer when weather permits) and stop to explore Colorado’s well-preserved silver boomtowns Idaho Springs and Georgetown. Enjoy the personalized attention on a private guide on this family-friendly road trip.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$539.00
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Half Day Rappelling Clinic

Half Day Rappelling Clinic

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We are the only AMGA certified guides for the area of Evergreen and Conifer. We have unique access to some of the more remote and beautiful parts of the parks. Join us to get a real glimpse of the rugged Rocky Mountains.
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  • 4 hours
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$282.06
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$282.06
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Full-Day Summer Sightseeing Tour to Mount Evans from Denver

Full-Day Summer Sightseeing Tour to Mount Evans from Denver

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Enjoy the view from some of Colorado’s highest peaks with a full-day mountain tour from Denver. Escape the city without renting a car as a driver and guide takes you high into the Rocky Mountains, traveling above timberline on Trail Ridge Road and to the top of Mt. Evans for stunning photos. Stroll around an alpine lake, look for big horn sheep and other Colorado wildlife, and stop for lunch in the mining town of Idaho Springs for a real taste of the Old West.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour between Breckenridge and Denver

Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour between Breckenridge and Denver

Listen to a tour guide as you drive with the Tripvia Tours app! 45 points of interest including mountains, tourist attractions, sights, cities & towns. Learn about the animals, geography, historical events & people unique to the area! Routes (I-70) Tour is based on the most travelled route between popular destinations Boulder, Golden, Frisco, Loveland Pass, Breckenridge, Berthoud & Vail. Freedom No directions or time limits. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start / stop anywhere. Travel in any direction along route. Hands Free Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Easy to Use Download the app. Select the tour. Go! Family Friendly Fun Tripvia Guides keep you laughing & engaged along the way! Trivia Fun Each point of interest has a fun multiple choice trivia question. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle. Play audio through vehicle's stereo so everyone can hear.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$7.99
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Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour between Golden and Vail

Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour between Golden and Vail

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Listen to a tour guide as you drive with the Tripvia Tours app! 45 points of interest including mountains, tourist attractions, sights, cities & towns. Learn about the animals, geography, historical events & people unique to the area! Routes (I-70) Tour is based on the most travelled route between popular destinations Boulder, Golden, Frisco, Loveland Pass, Breckenridge, Berthoud & Vail. Freedom No directions or time limits. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start / stop anywhere. Travel in any direction along route. Hands Free Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Easy to Use Download the app. Select the tour. Go! Family Friendly Fun Tripvia Guides keep you laughing & engaged along the way! Trivia Fun Each point of interest has a fun multiple choice trivia question. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle. Play audio through vehicle's stereo so everyone can hear.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour between Boulder & Vail

Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour between Boulder & Vail

Listen to a tour guide as you drive with the Tripvia Tours app! 45 points of interest including mountains, tourist attractions, sights, cities & towns. Learn about the animals, geography, historical events & people unique to the area! Routes (I-70) Tour is based on the most travelled route between popular destinations Boulder, Golden, Frisco, Loveland Pass, Breckenridge, Berthoud & Vail. Freedom No directions or time limits. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start / stop anywhere. Travel in any direction along route. Hands Free Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Easy to Use Download the app. Select the tour. Go! Family Friendly Fun Tripvia Guides keep you laughing & engaged along the way! Trivia Fun Each point of interest has a fun multiple choice trivia question. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle. Play audio through vehicle's stereo so everyone can hear.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$7.99
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Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour between Vail & Denver

Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour between Vail & Denver

Listen to a tour guide as you drive with the Tripvia Tours app! 45 points of interest including mountains, tourist attractions, sights, cities & towns. Learn about the animals, geography, historical events & people unique to the area! Routes (I-70) Tour is based on the most travelled route between popular destinations Boulder, Golden, Frisco, Loveland Pass, Breckenridge, Berthoud & Vail. Freedom No directions or time limits. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start / stop anywhere. Travel in any direction along route. Hands Free Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Easy to Use Download the app. Select the tour. Go! Family Friendly Fun Tripvia Guides keep you laughing & engaged along the way! Trivia Fun Each point of interest has a fun multiple choice trivia question. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle. Play audio through vehicle's stereo so everyone can hear.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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