Mt. Evans Summit Closes for the Season
One event on January 1, 1970 at 12:00am
Today is the final day to drive to the Summit of Mount Evans for the Season – The Scenic Byway will reopen in it’s entirety Memorial Day Weekend, Weather Permitting.
You may however drive up as far as Echo Lake year-round, which is about halfway to the Summit of Mount Evans.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in the northern hemisphere. This incredible drive begins in Idaho Springs, as you take I-70 West to Exit 240 and head South – Simply, follow the signs to Highway 103 and Mount Evans. Drive South 14 miles and turn onto Highway 5, which will take you approximately 14 more miles to the Summit of Mount Evans. (From Exit 240, it is about a 1 hour drive to the Summit)
Just before Highway 5 you will arrive at Echo Lake. Be sure to visit the Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant and Gift Shop for a bite to eat, or to pick up a few souvenirs. It is also the the last stop for water and restrooms before reaching the Summit. While you are here, you will need to check-in at the Forest Service Station and pay the Mount Evans Summit fee of $10 per vehicle to proceed driving up the remaining 14 miles on the highest paved highway in North America!*
On your drive up you will pass several mountain lakes, and wind through the gorgeous Alpine Meadows, an ancient Bristlecone Pine forest with miles of undisturbed tundra, amazing plant life, and plentiful wildlife. You may even see Mountain Goats, Marmots, and many more animals along the way – We only ask that you DO NOT FEED any wildlife on your adventure.
Once you reach the Summit of Mount Evans, you will be at 14,265 feet with incredible views of the entire Front Range and the Continental Divide. Many of the flora and fauna life zones at the Summit are the same as those found at the Arctic Circle.
* The Summit of Mount Evans, or the upper section of the road way is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day weather permitting. A small fee is charged for the upper section of the byway to help maintain this incredible road.