Department of Transportation.
The Mount Evans Scenic Byway climbs more than 7,000 feet in just 28 miles, reaching an altitude of 14,264 feet. The upper section of this road is the highest paved highway in North America. At the summit you'll enjoy the big picture—the entire Front Range and Continental Divide sprawls at your feet. This highest of Rocky Mountain highs brings you to the rarefied world above timberline. Here there is an amalgam of hardy wildflowers, lichens and grasses, furry mammals like pikas and marmots, rock-jumping mountain goats, and alpine lakes. This is perhaps the best place in Colorado to catch a glimpse of the stately bighorn sheep.
Navigating the Byway:
From Denver, take I-70 west, and take Exit 240. The byway begins here, on SR-103. Travel south to Echo Lake. At Echo Lake is the Forest Service's check-in station. From here, follow SR-5 to the summit of Mt. Evans.