Mount Evans Recreation Area & Scenic Byway
The Mount Evans Scenic Byway climbs over 7,000 feet in its 28-mile length, reaching an altitude of 14,130' feet. Idaho Springs serves as the starting point to the byway, which is the highest paved road in North America! This drive offers visitors scenic views of the Continental Divide, mountain goat and bighorn sheep herds, marmots, birds and apline wildflowers, and the Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine trees. The Mount Evans Recreation Area offers easy access to Colorado’s inspiring high mountain environment. Take a short walk to the top of your first 14er! Overlook spectacular views of distant mountain peaks, alpine lakes and glacier valleys! Walk amongst the oldest living organisms on earth! A drive to the top of Mount Evans will take your breath away, in more ways than one!
The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is jointly managed with the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Mount Evans History - Learn about the history of the mountain and the road.
Watch this helpful video by Colorado Parks and Wildlife for important information to know before visiting Mount Evans.
At a Glance
|Reservations:||Reservations are required for vehicle entry. Go to recreation.gov to create an account and purchase your ticket.
|Fees:||Please see recreation.gov for all fees and additional information.
|Closest Towns:||Idaho Springs, CO; Bergen Park, CO|
|Operated By:||Highways operated by CDOT - Colorado Department of Transporation|
From I-70: Take exit 240 in Idaho Springs. Follow Highway 103 south until it meets Echo Lake. Take Highway 5 to the top of Mount Evans.
From Bergen Park: Take Squaw Pass Road/Highway 103 west and travel to Echo Lake. Take Highway 5 to the top of Mount Evans.
Road CyclingRecreation areas with activity Road Cycling:
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Difficult|
Day HikingRecreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
- Mount Evans Summit / Interpretive Site
- Mt. Goliath Natural Area/Dos Chappell Nature Ctr.
- M. Walter Pesman Trail (#50)
- Summit Lake Park
Viewing WildlifeRecreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:
Viewing SceneryRecreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:
Interpretive AreasRecreation areas with activity Interpretive Areas:
Scenic DrivingRecreation areas with activity Scenic Driving:
|Pavement Type for Parking||Paved|
|Size Restrictions||Vehicles over 30' long are not recommeded on Highway 5 (Mount Evans road) due to the steep, narrow, winding road.|
|Corrals||Vehicles over 30' long are not recommeded on Highway 5 (Mount Evans road) due to the steep, narrow, winding road.|