Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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

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.
Permit Info: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle when using the area.
Open Season: Varies (typically June)
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 or 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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28 miles one-way

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  Elevation : 
7,000' - 14,130'