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Mount Evans

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102 Reviews
Mount Evans, Denver, Colorado

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Colorado

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Mount Evans & Red Rocks
Mary_D, Jul 2021
Mount Evans & Red Rocks Park Small Group Tour From Denver
Our tour guide was knowledgeable and considerate throughout our day-long tour to Red Rocks and Mount Evans. Would highly recommend!
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Best tour, best guide
Eric_K, Aug 2021
Mount Evans & Red Rocks Park Small Group Tour From Denver
Our tour was fantastic. Our tour guide Jason was the greatest. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and added so much to the trip. I'm really glad we did the tour and saw so much more than we could have on your own.
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Great tour!
thedrmeg, Aug 2021
Mount Evans Summer Mountain Summit
Great experience!! Beautiful weather at the summit & breathtaking views all day. Tour guide Rich was very friendly and knowledgeable
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Mt Evans Day trip
Karla_E, Aug 2021
Mount Evans Summer Mountain Summit
Christina was excellent! I really enjoyed the pace, stops and information she shared with us about all of it! So nice to be a passenger & look at scenery Thanks
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Totally recommend this on your trip to Colorado
Mari, Aug 2021
Mount Evans Summer Mountain Summit
The experience as a whole was great! The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the summit and answered all of our questions, if she didn’t know the answer she would make the effort to look it up.
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Incredible Views
ATX, Aug 2021
Mount Evans Summer Mountain Summit
Would definitely recommend taking this tour. Reservations are required to enter the park and driving on the roads is easier said than done. It was nice having a tour guide driving us so we could enjoy the stunning views. We also did get to see some wildlife on the tour.
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4th of July
EMILY_R, Jul 2021
Mount Evans & Red Rocks Park Small Group Tour From Denver
I had never seen Mountain Goats before. Also, I really like the marmots! A lot of time in the van but I wasn't the one that had to do the driving. A great trip.
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As above.
PAUL_B, Aug 2021
Mount Evans Summer Mountain Summit
Had a wonderful time. Christin our guide was excellent. Views spectacular. Loved Idaho Springs. Thanks.
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My day at Mt. Evans
Dana_M, Jul 2021
Mount Evans & Red Rocks Park Small Group Tour From Denver
Seeing the mountain goats was amazing and something I had been looking forward to. The stop at Idaho Springs was great and unexpected. What a great little town and all the local shops and restaurants. We also stopped a couple places on the way back down from Mt. Evans which was really nice. It was a great day and was glad to make the tour.
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A little rushed
Kyle_M, Jul 2021
Mount Evans Summer Mountain Summit
Overall a great trip. Would have liked a little more time at the stops. There was time to do the basics, but felt rushed at most experiences.
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Wonderful Day Yrip!
Linda_A, Jun 2021
Mount Evans & Red Rocks Park Small Group Tour From Denver
Great trip!!!! Saw lots of unique wildlife, beautiful scenery and great guide. Highly recommend this tour!!
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Spectacular views
Donna_C, Jul 2021
Mount Evans Summer Mountain Summit
What a wonderful experience. Kristina, our tour guide was great! The climb up to Mt. Evans spectacular.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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