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Reaching an elevation of 14,130 feet above sea level, Mount Evans Highway is the highest paved road in North America. It’s a very popular tourist attraction, offerings travelers on the route access to stunning views and the summit of the peak.

Last summer the highway to the summit of Mt. Evans was closed to motorized vehicles due to COVID concerns. The road is back open this summer, but paid reservations must be made ahead of time online at recreation.gov.

All photos by Jerilee Bennett of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

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Family members attending the Hinote family reunion lean out the window to get an upclose shot of a Big Horn Sheep on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Members of the family had come from as far away as Georgia and Florida. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A couple of Big Horn Sheep on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Big Horn Sheep on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Big Horn Sheep on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Big Horn Sheep seem to pose for tourists on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A group of friends make their way through a snow field at from an overlook near Summit Lake and Chicago Lakes on Mt. Evans on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A majestic Mountain Goat stands on top of a hillside near Summit Lake on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Mountain Goats hang out a hillside near Summit Lake on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A Mountain Goat hangs out on a hillside near Summit Lake on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Ryden Krause takes lead while holding hands with mom, Erin Krause, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, on the way to the summit of Mt. Evans. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A family explores the ruins of the Castle in the Sky at the summit of Mt. Evans on Thursday. June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A trail takes hikers to the summit of Mt. Evans on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Large walls of snow still line the road up Mt. Evans on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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