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Take a Drive Along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

05/11/2022 | by Lyles Armour | Estes Park Local Area Outdoor Activities

When visiting Colorado, you have access to a plethora of scenic drives without the Rocky Mountains. However, one drive stands out strongly against the others. The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway is a highway stretching out over 55 miles beginning in Estes Parks and ends in Black Hawk. Established in 1918, this historic road provides the best view of the Front Range within the Rockies and serves as an unforgettable drive within the Colorado scenery.

The Drive

If you’re traveling north, you’ll be starting the drive through the scenic byway on Interstate 70 in Black Hawk, CO. Central City is the neighboring town, and both host Casino destinations if you’re wanting to take a gamble. Continuing the drive, you’ll see the sights of Sheridan Hill, Cold Springs, and Fox Mountain. After passing through Rollingsville and Nederland, you’ll drive past Colorado’s portion of the Continental Divide. Many more mountain views line the drive, along with vibrant small towns to stop at for some shopping or a bite to eat.

Must-Do Stops

While the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway has endless mountain views, it also has other great activities to take a stop at.

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests are some of the best places to take in the sights of the Colorado wildlife. Over 200 types of birds reside within these open spaces, perfect for bird-watching enthusiasts.

Camp Saint-Malo is right off the highway and tucked away within the mountains. This beautiful church stands in front of Mt. Meeker and is perfect for a photo-op.

If you’re looking to cast a reel during your drive, Barker Reservoir is the best place for fishing and you’ll have ample opportunity to catch rainbow trout and other trophies.

Visiting Estes Park

As the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway comes to an end, you’ll arrive in Estes Park. This mountain town is home to many Colorado attractions. Elk takes up residency throughout the city, making it easy to spot them snacking on some grass with their young. Lake Estes is home to a great place for kayaking, fishing, and even just relaxing at their beach area. Estes Park is also home to Rocky Mountain National Park, a beautiful area with over 350 miles of hiking trails and breathtaking sights of the mountains.

Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts

Located in the town of Estes Park and just minutes from the start of the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Rocky Mountain Resorts is the ideal choice for lodging in the area. We offer a variety of accommodations ranging from cozy cabins and cottages to large and spacious vacation homes. Guests enjoy the nightlife of downtown Estes Park and are less than a 10-minute drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. You truly have the best access to must-do Colorado activities with a stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts!

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