Driving to Echo Lake

Welcome to Arapaho National Forest. I'm Jim March, and I'll be your guide as you drive the Mount Evans Scenic Byway - the highest paved road in North America. You should be driving toward Mount Evans on Colorado State Highway 103. Most visitors drive up from the Forest Service visitor center in Idaho Springs. Others come from Evergreen and Bergen Park. Whichever direction you're coming from, follow the signs to Mount Evans. As you continue driving, I'll talk about some of the things you'll be seeing along the way. I'll tell you when to stop the tape, and suggest some places to get out along the way. If traffic or weather slow you down, just stop the tape until you can catch up. For the rest of this tour, we invite you to relax and take your time.