Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Estes Park

4.8
Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway runs from Estes Park to Black Hawk, passing many historical mine sites and offering views of the Continental Divide. Small communities along the way are good stopping points for refreshments. The ridges and valleys of the Front Range serve as a backdrop for the journey. If you'd like to add searching for gold to your itinerary, stop at one of the old mines to pan in the creeks for a fee. The 89 km (55 mi) byway passes multiple scenic areas where you can hike, bike, fish and camp, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests. Put Peak to Peak Scenic Byway on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Estes Park vacation builder website.
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  • We periodically drive the Peak to Peak in a marque specific automobile club I belong to and each time we pass this little catholic church, sitting along the scenic byway it catches me by...  more »
  • We were lucky to have traveled on this byway during the peak of autumn. The aspen were so bright and beautiful and blended in perfect with the mountains and evergreens.  more »
  • If you are driving up to Estes Park or driving back to Denver and you have time make sure you take this scenic drive. I’ve driven all over the country and this drive was one of the best! Truly...  more »
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  • My favorite road in Colorado. It follows the Continental Divide all the way from I-70 (near Idaho Springs) to Estes Park (the gates into Ricky Mountain National Forest.) It has several different numbered highway names along the way, but "PEAK to PEAK highway" is what the local call it. The Stage Stop in Rollinsville is lovely for lunch, while The Whistle Stop in Nederland works well for the whole family but if you want to mingle with real mountain folk, then stop at the Millsite in Ward for a moment! Be on the lookout for wildlife like moose and elk and black bears too!

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