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Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Idaho Springs, CO 80452, USA
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Mount Evans Scenic Byway Idaho Springs Colorado United States

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

There are only two summits above 14,000 feet that can be driven to in Colorado. One, Mount Antero, the 11th-tallest peak in Colorado at 14,276 feet, is accessible only by a gnarly 4x4 road. The other, Mount Evans, the 14th-highest at 14,271 feet, has a paved, albeit very twisty, road to within about 30 feet of the summit. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is an easy drive to access from Denver; it starts just south of the town of Idaho Springs, about 35 miles west. There’s a visitor center (the fee for passenger cars is $10), about a mile off of Interstate 70, and from there the byway is 28 miles long and gains around 7,000 vertical feet. It’s the highest paved road in North America.