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Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Estes Park

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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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  • Great drive and stopped at the church on the rock. Gorgeous!! The stained glass in the church was beautiful and had a great story behind it.  more »
  • This is one of two ways to Estes Park coming from the south through Lyons, Colorado. It is very scenic. We would definitely recommend this route if you like to see some beautiful scenery!  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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