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Mount Evans

Length: 49 miles. Driving time: 2 hours.

Summit LakeMount Evans MapThe Mount Evans Scenic Byway climbs more than 7,000 feet in just 28 miles, reaching an altitude of 14,130 feet. At the summit you'll enjoy the big picture - the entire Front Range sprawls at your feet - but don't overlook the details. This highest of Rocky Mountain highs brings you to the rarefied world above timberline, a singular amalgam of hardy wildflowers, lichens and grasses, furry mammals like pikas and marmots, rock-jumping mountain goats, and alpine lakes. This is perhaps the best place in Colorado to catch a glimpse of the stately bighorn sheep. The weather is volatile - be prepared for wind, rain, lightning, snow, and hail any day of the year.

A new extension was recently added to the byway from Echo Lake to Bergen Park via Clear Creek County Road 103 and Jefferson County Road 66. The route takes the visitor from open ponderosa and juniper hills and open meadows, up through deep spruce forests and into the magnificent splendor of the alpine environment.

Highest paved road in North America
Historic Idaho Springs
Mt. Evans Wilderness Area
Local Chamber of Commerce(s):
Idaho Springs
Clear Creek County Tourism

Byways Corridor Management Plan
Mount Evans Byway Corridor Management Plan
A Framework for Wayshowing: Mount Evans Scenic & Historic Byway June 2013

Special Considerations:
Bring warm clothing and sunscreen.
Summit open Memorial Day through Labor Day only.
Vehicles over 30' long are not recommended on Highway 5 (Mount Evans road) due to the steep, narrow, winding road.

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