A stone's throw west of Denver, Mount Evans is one of Colorado's infamous 'fourteeners.' With a summit of 14,264 feet (nearly three miles high), it features the highest paved road in North America.
From the paved parking lot, one can enjoy a derelict diner/gift shop that was built in the 40s and blew up in the 70s, a university observatory that is off limits, some not-so-shy mountain goats, and a short but steep trail to the peak. That peak offers spectacular views in all directions and it was a treat to watch the sunset crest below oceans of choppy ridge lines to the west. A real Rocky Mountain High.
Providing access to such a peak is a gift for non-mountain jocks who want a legendary view, those in a hurry, and those who love to drive. With 14 miles of winding narrow turns with large rocks and steep drop-offs, diligence is key on this road. It's heaven or hell depending on your fancy, like Pike's Peak or the Beartooth Highway on expert level with no railings or barriers to catch you. Either of those would be more fun on a bike or sports car, but Mount Evans should certainly still make any gearhead's bucket list. I saw a Porsche screaming down the hill at dusk and many gleeful bikers on the way up.