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Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Estes Park

#3 of 37 in Scenic Drive in Colorado
Must see · 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 drove Peak to Peak from Winter Park to Estes Park. Shortest route. The scenery is beautiful. You also pass through a couple old towns, only wish we had time to get out of the car and visit them....  more »
  • We did this is beautiful drive from Boulder up the mountain to Estes Park and down the mountain to Fort Collins. It easy to drive and a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon.  more »
  • 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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