One of the most popular attractions close to the Denver area is the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. If you’ve ever wanted to stand on top of a famous 14er in Colorado without the climb on your own two feet – here’s your chance.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway Stats
Distance from Denver: 60 miles
Elevation Gain: 9,000 feet
Mount Evans Summit Elevation: 14,264 feet
Length of Road: 27 miles
Drive Time: Approximately an hour to the summit on average
Head to the historic mining town of Idaho Springs just west of Denver to start your day in the mountains off. There’s plenty of activities, great drinks and even better food to pair with your day summiting Mount Evans.
Food in Idaho Springs
In need of a delicious craft beer? Tommyknocker Brewery is the perfect way to enjoy happy hour after you’ve climbed to the tip top of Mount Evans. The original Beau Jo’s pizza is also situated in the heart of Idaho Springs, so refuel with a delicious pie before you head back to wherever you’re staying.
Hiking Near Idaho Springs
Want to get a little workout in before you drive to the summit? There are plenty of hikes close to the Idaho Springs area. Head to St. Mary’s Glacier – it’s only a mile trek up to the beautiful lake but be prepared to take a few breaks as this hike is fairly steep. St. Mary’s is on the north side of I-70 and is a perfect way to spend your morning before you drive up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway during the afternoon.
Why Drive the Mount Evans Scenic Byway Now?
The byway is actually only open for the summertime each year due to the state not maintaining the road throughout the winter. You probably won’t catch fall foliage on the road quite yet, but you’ll get to thoroughly enjoy this mountaintop adventure and be one of the last ones to do so for the year.
What Other Outdoor Activities are in the Area?
Wanting a thrilling excursion while you’re in Idaho Springs? AVA’s outpost is at the base of the Mount Evans Scenic Byway and is equipped with a Cliffside Zipline course and Via Ferrata mountaineering activity. Call today for the best deals on adventures this fall and get up the scenic byway before it closes after Labor Day weekend!