Mount Evans Scenic Drive

Mount Evans Scenic Drive | Colorado Fourteener

Enjoy spectacular views as you climb more than 7000 feet on the highest paved highway in North America.

See the wildflowers, lichen, grasses, pikas, marmots, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. that live above treeline as you ascend Mount Evans Scenic Drive.

Experience the difference in breathing at 12,000 feet on Trail Ridge Road and 14,000 feet on Mt. Evans! You'll be on top of a Colorado Fourteener!

The weather changes frequently so be prepared for wind, rain, lightning, snow and hail throughout the summer.

Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. The Roosevelt National Forest Service Visitor Center in Idaho Springs offers a self-guided tour tape, guide book and Junior Ranger program for a nominal fee.

  • 30 miles west of Denver, off 1-70, Hwy. 103 to Hwy 5 (Map to Mount Evans)
  • Elevation: 14,264 feet at summit
  • 28 miles
  • 2 hours from Idaho Springs
  • A fee is charged for the upper section
  • Vehicles over 30 feet are not recommended.
  • Open Memorial Day to Labor Day