10/06/2011 07:50 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Among The Bighorn On Mount Evans (VIDEO)

Known for the highest paved road in America -- it runs at 14,130 feet -- Mount Evans is also the historical habitat for bighorn sheep and now has an established mountain goat population. The drive starts at Idaho Springs and winds up to Echo Lake (stop by the Lodge for a hardy omelet and some massive hotcakes). The road then becomes a scenic byway and ascends all the way to the summit where you can view the ruins of the historic Crest House. Being just a short distance from Denver there are crowds to contend with but it's still a pretty magnificent experience.