Mount Evans Recreation Area & 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, 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.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations are required for entry.  Go to to create an account and purchase your ticket.
Fees Please see for all fees and additional information.
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


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.



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7,000' - 14,130'