Mount Evans National Recreation Trail (#51)

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Forest ranger Thalia Haro points to the trail sign to Mount Evans Trail.

This section of trail starts at the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site parking area. This short hike will allow you to "bag a fourteener" the easy way.

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.
Operational Hours: 24/7 when the road is open
Fees A $10 standard ammenity fee is required for the Mount Goliath Natural Area and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site. The City of Denver charges a $5 fee for Summit Lake Park, which is part of its Denver 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 park at one of the fee areas.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No camping, campfires or stove fires except in designated campgrounds or dispersed campsites. Dogs must be on leash.
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information


I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 - Hwy 103. Drive approx. 12 miles to the turn off for Highway 5, Mount Evans road. Proceed through the fee station and drive 14 miles south on Highway 5 to the area.

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  Area/Length : 
.5 miles one-way

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  Elevation : 
12,130' - 12,264'