Bag a Rocky Mountain peak with relative ease and see plenty of remarkable vistas and wildlife on a Mount Evans tour from Denver, Colorado.
There are a few special things about Mount Evans in Colorado. Firstly, this Rocky Mountain peak reaches a lofty 14,271ft (4,350m). This may sound quite inaccessible, but it is one of the few that is open to anybody who wants the view without the exertion, thanks to the road that leads all the way to the summit. The road is 60 miles (97km) from downtown Denver, making tours up this mountain an ideal option for a full- or half-day trip. The following four tours are excellent options, and are available for as long as the peak is accessible, usually from late spring to early fall.
Full-day Summer Sightseeing Tour to Mount Evans
For a comprehensive tour of Mount Evans that stops off at various viewpoints and sites of interest along the way, this eight-hour trip is unbeatable. Starting out at Denver Union Station, your driver will take you out of the city and onto the mountain roads, including the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Stop at viewpoints including Echo Lake Park. At the summit there will be plenty of time to hike to the true summit, plus go looking for local wildlife, such as mountain goats and marmots. This tour is available on most days during the summer. From $119 per person.
Mount Evans and Red Rocks Tour from Denver
A popular combination tour from Denver pairs a trip to Mount Evans with a stop at the Red Rock Amphitheater, which is also located west of the Coloradoan capital city. The amazing natural rock formations have given rise to a music venue set amid unparalleled beauty. After checking out the acoustics here, your guide will take you to Echo Lake, followed by the scenic byway to the top of Mount Evans. On the way back to Denver, you’ll stop at Idaho Springs, a former goldrush town that still retains plenty of old-world charm. Daily departures. From $129 per person.
Mount Evans and Red Rocks Amphitheater Tour
Another popular day tour to Mount Evans that utilizes a similar itinerary is this seven-hour trip. You’ll get to explore the scenic drives of Lariat Loop then up into the Rocky Mountains, beyond the tree line. At the top of Mount Evans, you’ll find that everything is a little harder and more tiresome at altitudes of 14,000 feet or more. But you’ll have some time to wander around looking for resident mountain goats and bighorn sheep. This tour also stops at Idaho Springs on the return journey to Denver. From $149 per person.
Private Mount Evans Tour from Denver
A private tour is ideal for anybody looking for a bit more autonomy, without having to worry too much about the particulars of organizing transportation. This option allows you to choose where you’d prefer to spend the most time, be it atop Mount Evans or perhaps lower down, exploring the shores of Echo Lake. This tour is also available beyond the summer months, although please note that the road beyond Echo Lake Park will be closed. The maximum group size for this tour is five people. From $649 per group.