Mount Evans is a popular day trip from Denver, 60 miles (95 kilometers) east. Those who don’t want to drive can join private and group tours for a hassle-free experience to the top of the mountain. Travel along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, which begins south of Idaho Springs. Gaining more than 7,000 feet (2,000 meters) in elevation, it is the highest paved road in North America.
The landscape changes as you ascend—watch for bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and other wildlife among wildflowers, depending on the time of year you’re visiting. At the summit, be rewarded with views of alpine lakes, valleys, and other mountain peaks.