We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Denver, CO
+1 303-567-4660
Review Highlights
Beautiful scenic drive

We enjoyed this scenic drive to Echo Lake. Make sure you bring layers as it is quite a bit colder... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Christine D
Williamstown, Massachusetts
Beautiful but scary drive

So glad they have a paved road up Mt. Evans. We went in mid-Sep and the top part was closed but the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cabin John, Maryland
Read all 815 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
This high-altitude scenic drive climbs more than 7,000 feet in just 28 miles, reaching an altitude of 14,264 feet.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“echo lake” (78 reviews)
“mount evans” (119 reviews)
“idaho springs” (62 reviews)
Denver, CO
+1 303-567-4660
Write a Review
Reviews (815)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 768 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed this scenic drive to Echo Lake. Make sure you bring layers as it is quite a bit colder as you climb in elevation. Also plan more time than you think you will need in order to enjoy the overlooks and trails.

Thank Christine D
Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad they have a paved road up Mt. Evans. We went in mid-Sep and the top part was closed but the stop at Summit Lake was impressive - beautiful views, freezing cold and WINDY - white caps on the little lake. Restroom available. There...More

Thank CabinJohners
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here for fall foliage and had planned for many drives along the suggested mountain highways for doing such. Luckily, we made our drive on the Mt Evans highway before it was closed for the season/bad weather. Wonderful Rocky Mountain drive with new views...More

1  Thank NTSU1975
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Makes you feel like you're on top of the world!! My boyfriend and I drove up to the top but stopped on every plateau. The views are breathtaking in every aspect. Each time I took a picture I thought "there's no way it can get...More

Thank Christina D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Summer at the bottom and winter at the top, so be prepared with warm clothes! The road is only open through Labor Day.

1  Thank MelindaKH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ride this route alot during the warmer months and enjoy hiking the area in the winter. The Echo Lodge is closed in the winter so bring water and snacks. If you are driving it you can head back down the mountain and enjoy Idaho...More

Thank Andy M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No need to drive for hours to enjoy Colorado's mountain scenery, lakes, wildlife. And you are typically rewarded with the presence of Big Horn sheep at the top of Mt Evans. Take your time getting there, stop and enjoy the lake along the way.

Thank DenverFrequentTrav
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful views drive up and down the mountain takes a while but worth the time. It was in the mid 80's on the ground and hail and cold at the top. Very cool to see.

Thank lwiegele
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent the afternoon driving the mount evans scenic byway and it was amazing. Colorful trees leaves changing at peak of season. Beautiful views of the area from evergreen covered mountains to snow capped peaks. Loved every minute of the drive.

Thank SkierOne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bendy switchbacks, narrow passing places, goats on the road, blind bends, all great fun - and take in to account we are from the uk , driving on the wong side of the road on and automatic gears ....

Thank Charleygirl76
Nearby Restaurants
Silver Plume Tea Room
12 reviews
14.08 km away
The Alpine Restaurant & Bar
319 reviews
14.53 km away
The Shaggy Sheep
22 reviews
14.58 km away
100 reviews
14.10 km away
Nearby Attractions
Guanella Pass
257 reviews
6.23 km away
Mount Evans
2,108 reviews
.02 km away
Summit Lake Park
29 reviews
3.61 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Sarah R
19 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from jmickschl | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry, the road is already closed. Kind regards, Friscoboy
8 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from Amnon F | Reviewed this property |
AS I wrote the road up to mt. Evans is closed, so up till lake echo I don’t see any problems with the baby. Just make sure he is properly dressed as it’s very cold and windy up there
13 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from ttmt2 | Reviewed this property |
The last 5 have been closed as others stated, but the drive up to summit lake (which should still be open) is breathtaking and the views are amazing. We were just there Sep 9, 2017 and hiked to the Evans summit from two... More