Mount Blue Sky, formerly known as Mount Evans, is one of Colorado’s famous Fourteeners – coming in at 14,264 feet above sea level at its very peak. Located near Denver, this mountain is set apart by the Mount Blue Sky Scenic Byway, which takes the crown as the highest paved road in North America.
In order to drive up Mount Blue Sky, you’ll need a timed entry ticket, nerves of steel, and a hearty sense of adventure – and the views are worth every effort. On the 15-mile one-way drive, you can stop at Mount Goliath Nature Center, Echo Lake, Summit Lake Park, and finally, the Summit Interpretive area at the very top of Mount Blue Sky. There’s a short trek to reach the geographical peak, so bring comfortable walking shoes if you want to officially bag this Fourteener.
The Mount Evans Scenic Byway climbs more than 7,000 feet in just 28 miles, reaching an altitude of 14,130 feet. We love it for the incredibly diverse ecosystems you’ll see along the way, and for the breathtaking views as you make the ascent. The road is only open to the top between Memorial Day and Labor Day (and that’s pending the snow has cleared), so if you get the chance to do this one, we highly, highly suggest taking advantage.
“Gentry was an awesome tour guide and provided a lot of really interesting information about the areas we toured. You can tell she is passionate about what she does which made the experience that much more enjoyable. We had a great time and would recommend this tour to anyone who is wanting to get away from the city for a few hours :)”
- Kaylee G from Denver, Colorado
“We had a wonderful and enlightening tour with Aaron today. He is well-spoken “people person,” knowledgeable with the history of the area and time periods that preceded present day. We enjoyed every minute!! If we were to return to this area in-the future we will call Aspire Tours and Recommend you to anyone who asks.”
- The Backus family from North Carolina
“Ryan was great in getting us to and from our private Rocky Mountain National Park Outing, giving us a ton of information on Denver and the surrounding landscape. Once we got to the park, Ryan was able to point out a ton of unique aspects and facts about plants, animals, and geology encountered on the trip.”
- Ryan W. from San Diego, California