In the early days of Colorado tourism, Mount Evans and Denver were often in competition with Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs.
The Mount Evans Scenic Byway consists of State Highway 103 from Idaho Springs, Colorado on I-70 about 13 miles (21 km) to Echo Lake, and Colorado 5 from Echo Lake 15 miles (24 km), ending at a parking area and turnaround just below the summit.
The Denver Mountain Parks committee was not without disagreement and setbacks, however. After studying the issue, Mills later recanted and became a supporter of the park system, and the segment between Bergen Park and Squaw Pass was constructed beginning in the spring of 1918.
Evans a National Park, going as far as getting support in Congress for the construction of a “cement road” to the mountain.
The first mile was paid for by Denver with the understanding that the State Highway Commission would do the rest. Mills as the Commissioner of Improvements, who summarily stopped the construction of the road, stating that “It is a road that starts nowhere, ends nowhere, and never gets there”.
When the wind speed is over 15 knots (17 mph or 28 km/h), the wind is almost always from the west-southwest.
At pm on July 28, 2012 a weak, short-lived tornado touched down northeast of Mount Evans' summit at an elevation estimated by the National Weather Service of 11,900 feet (3,600 m) above sea level.
The name is also a reference to Monte Rosa, the highest peak in Switzerland.
Bierstadt and his guide, William Newton Byers, approached the mountain along Chicago Creek from Idaho Springs in 1863, and spent several days painting sketches of the mountain from the Chicago Lakes before climbing to Summit Lake and onward to the summit.
The history of the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is part of a larger story of the Denver Mountain Parks system.
It ultimately began when the City and County of Denver initiated the construction of a series of automobile “scenic loops” to allow Denverites to explore the mountains.
Mount Evans is the highest summit of the Chicago Peaks in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America.