The majestic Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Tackle the highest paved road in North America on two wheels

One journey that embodies the spirit of the Centennial State is the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Prepare yourself for a sensory overload as you embark on this two-wheeled adventure on the 49-mile Byway just a short distance from Denver.

From Denver, head west on I-70 to Idaho Springs and then take State Highway 103 to the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. This thrilling ride leads you on the highest paved road in North America.

Evergreen forests and alpine meadows

Nestled within the Rocky Mountains, Mount Evans Scenic Byway takes you on an ascent through evergreen forests and alpine meadows. The journey begins in Idaho Springs, a quaint town that serves as the gateway to your journey. Leaving the city behind, the road winds up, and soon you find yourself surrounded by towering pine trees. The air carries a hint of pine too, so you know you’re in for a refreshing ride!

But be warned, embarking on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is only for the most experienced, as even the most seasoned riders will find their confidence tested here. The journey begins at an elevation of 7,500ft in Idaho Springs and gradually climbs to a jaw-dropping 14,264ft at the summit. This is where you reach the pinnacle of Mount Evans, joining the ranks of Colorado’s renowned ‘fourteeners’ – a collection of 54 peaks that soar to 14,000ft and beyond. This elevation gain is a real challenge for motorcyclists who want an adrenaline-fueled adventure.

Amazing view

Welcome sign for the drive up Mt. Evans, the highest paved road in North America
Welcome sign for the drive up Mt. Evans, the highest paved road in North America

And with its many twists and turns, winding curves, and steep inclines, the road demands skill, precision, and a deep understanding of your machine.

As Rick from Utah says, “My wife and I rode our motorcycles to the top of Mount Evans, and what a ride it was. It is not for the faint of heart or beginner riders. I have over 200,000 miles on a motorcycle and my wife has over 175,000 miles. It is steep, with hairpin turns and the road is very narrow. The view is amazing, we even saw a mountain goat on top!”

As you ride along the byway, you may have the opportunity to spot Rocky Mountain mountain goats yourself, as well as bighorn sheep, marmots, and various bird species. Seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat just adds to the excitement.

As you gain elevation, the scenery around you transforms quickly. With snow-capped peaks and wildflowers across the landscape, there is so much beauty to see here.

At the summit, as you dismount from your motorcycle, the view is nothing short of breathtaking. The mountain stretches out before you, your reward for a ride that will forever be etched in your mind.

Tips: You can rent a bike at Explorify Motorcycle Rentals Denver