Driving to the summit of Mount Evans.

1 / 1

Mount Blue Sky Scenic Byway

The Mount Blue Sky Scenic Byway (formerly Mount Evans), just 60 miles west of Denver, is the highest paved road in North America. A day trip to the top is a journey that snakes and climbs through nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, from the high plains of Denver through five climate zones to the 14,264-foot summit of Mount Blue Sky, one of 54 peaks in Colorado that soar to 14,000 feet and above – the famous “fourteeners.”


Want to stay in the know on Denver happenings? Sign up for our free e-newsletter, and we'll keep you posted.

Mount Goliath Trail & Summit Trail

Denver Botanic Gardens maintains a trail from here to Mount Goliath that winds across tundra, lined with alpine forget-me-nots, fairy primrose, purple fringe, chiming bells and spring beauty. They also offer guided hikes throughout the summer. 

Another good stop on the way to the top is Summit Lake. At 13,000 feet, this is also a Denver Mountain Park and a good place to spot bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goats, both of which have herds on the mountain. At the mountain's top, there is a short quarter-mile trail to the 14,264-foot summit. At this altitude, there is much less oxygen and breathing is difficult. Although the trail climbs only 120 feet in elevation, it will seem like you climbed the whole mountain. Wear sunscreen, because at 14,000 feet, there is 50 percent less protection from the sun's rays. It's also advisable to visit and be off the mountain before noon to avoid common afternoon thunderstorms. 

The view from the top is simply incredible. This is one of the grandest panoramas in Colorado and much of the state is visible, from the Never Summer Range in the north to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the south.

It's possible to return to Denver on scenic Highway 103 east over Squaw Pass, creating a circle loop back to I-70 at Genesee Park, yet another Denver Mountain Park. At this one, a herd of 40 buffalo grazes in a meadow, with snowcapped peaks as a backdrop.

Attractions & Day Trips Near Denver

Denver serves as an excellent gateway to the wonders of the nearby Rocky Mountains. Here are just a handful of must-see attractions, gorgeous scenic…

Colorado State Parks

To put it lightly, Denver’s backyard is pretty impressive. Colorado’s state parks offer some of the greatest outdoor recreation in all of…

Fall Foliage & Day Trips Near Denver

The shimmering leaves of the aspen, the quintessential Colorado tree, turn to a positively glowing shade of gold, sending locals and visitors rushing…

Lariat Loop

The splendors of the Rocky Mountain Front Range’s foothills are on full display on the Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway.

Mountain Parks

Denver’s park system is unique. Within its city limits, Denver offers more than 200 traditional and historic parks, many of them connected by…

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park offers 355 miles of hiking trails, 147 lakes and 77 mountains taller than 12,000 feet. Take a day trip from Denver and…

Things To Do Around Colorado

Denver has one of the world's most stunning backyards: the majestic Rockies and everything that Colorado has to offer. The Mile High City is the…

Fall & Winter

Basecamp Denver


Arts & Culture


Family Friendly

Day Trips & Around Colorado

Sports & Recreation

Health & Wellness




Spring & Summer

Copy of denver-union-station-rails-skyline-header

Booking Widget Added to Footer Panel

Arrival date must be today or later
Departure date must be after arrival date