Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Clouds rolling in at mile marker 5, giving drivers the illusion of driving above the clouds.

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. This drive offers visitors scenic views of the Continental Divide, mountain goat and bighorn sheep herds, wildflowers, and the Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine trees.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Mount Evans Highway won’t open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to impacts from COVID-19.   Due to issues associated with COVID-19, USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks will not be able to provide services for visitors on Mount Evans this summer, and the Mount Evans Highway (Colo Highway 5) will not open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks — the agencies that jointly manage Mount Evans — have reached this decision after careful consideration of both health and safety risks and economic feasibility. While there will be no restrooms or services provided on Mount Evans this summer, there are no plans to prohibit the use of Mount Evans Highway for non-motorized activities such as hiking and biking. Recreationists should be aware of and plan for extremely limited parking near Echo Lake. Visitors to public lands should practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and follow state and local orders regarding recreation throughout the summer.
Fees $10/Vehicle at Mount Goliath Natural Area & Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site.  $5/Vehicle at Summit Lake Park, which is part of the City of Denver's Mountain Parks system.  For visitor convenience, both passes are available for purchase at the Mount Evans Welcome Station. While the road is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (weather permitting) the fee is only required during daily hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There is no fee for visitors who don't intend to use one of the fee areas.
Permit Info: Valid recreation pass must be displayed in vehicle when using any of the designated fee areas.
Usage: Heavy
  • No camping, campfires or stove fires except in designated campgrounds or dispersed campsites.
  • Dogs must be on leash.
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO; Bergen Park, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Highways operated by CDOT - Colorado Department of Transporation

General Information

Directions: 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.



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Scenic Driving

CorralsVehicles over 30' long are not recommeded on Highway 5 (Mount Evans road) due to the steep, narrow, winding road.
Pavement Type for ParkingPaved
Size RestrictionsVehicles over 30' long are not recommeded on Highway 5 (Mount Evans road) due to the steep, narrow, winding road.
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28 miles one-way

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  Elevation : 
7,000' - 14,130'