"Mount Evans Wilderness" Idaho Springs by goingsolo

Idaho Springs Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 64 photos

Idaho Springs is a small town less than an hour from Denver. Its a tiny town surrounded by incredible scenery. In the summer, many raft trips depart from the area as snowmelt turns the rivers into whitewater adventures.

I spent a brief amount of time in Idaho Springs, once to drive to the Mount Evans Summit and the second time for an aborted raft trip. Mount Evans is one of Colorado's 14,000 plue foot mountains which are known as the 14ers. There is a paved road which leads to the summit which, incidentally, is known as the highest paved road in America.

Driving the Mount Evans scenic byway is reason enough to visit. The road closes for the winter but generally opens by Memorial Day. I got lucky on the 2003 trip as I was out there the week prior and the DOT finished its snow plowing early. After turning off the highway, you pass the small and seemingly unremarkable town of Idaho Springs. The road to Mount Evans quickly becomes dramatic in scenery as it winds past snowbanks and provides brief glimpses of mountains iced with snow and covered with trees. At the entrance to the Mount Evans scenic byway, you'll find the incredibly blue Echo Lake.

The byway is a 14-15 mile drive to the summit in a series of steep switchbacks. Its one hairpin turn after another. The road is narrow and there aren't any guardrails, and, in late May, it is flanked by 14 foot snowbanks which look like they can easily bury your car, but the view at the top is worth it. Also, watch for mountain goats who share the road with you.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Incredible views
  • Cons:scary drive
  • In a nutshell:It was worth it
  • Last visit to Idaho Springs: May 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
  • Add to Trip Planner (?)
  • Report Abuse

Reviews (4)

Comments (2)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    I imagine when the goat was by the vehicle it had an impact on nature on you. I felt the town was a nice place to visit and stay a while sometime in the future. Good presentation

  • morgandk's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2003 at 6:38 PM

    Did you wade in Clear Creek?


“"Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life."”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 3 8

Badges & Stats in Idaho Springs

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Photos
  • 0 Forum posts
  • 986PageViews

Have you been to Idaho Springs?

  Share Your Travels  

Latest Activity in Idaho Springs

Travel Interests

See All Travel Interests (5)