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Peak to Peak National Scenic Byway

Peak to Peak National Scenic Byway

Martin

Wonderful road. We drove it in fine weather, and the mountains, pines and occasional town are magical. Recommended.

Nick

Taking the scenic route to Estes Park was definitely one of our better decisions on the trip so far. Absolutely beautiful scenery the whole way through. Nederland is worth a stop but Black Hawk isn’t – just a bunch of casinos in a nice setting.

Gönül

Piril piril parlayan gunes ve inanailmaz guzellikte maznaralar esliginde yolculuk. Tarifi mumkun degil. Her virajin arkasinda ne var acaba dedirtiyor.

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Photos: Nick Pangere

 

The Peak to Peak National Scenic Byway is a breathtaking 55 mile route that can be taken from just west of Denver to Estes Park. It’s highly recommended for those with some extra time. The regular highway won’t have any of the scenery.

From the south, the road runs along a river and cuts through steep mountains. The first town is Black Hawk, a resort and casino town with a historic downtown. Next, the scenery changes dramatically with pine forests covering the mountains as far as the eye can see. This section of the road passes through the Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forests.

The town of Nederland is nestled in the mountains north of Black Hawk. A museum and a couple quirky shops are there to pique the interest of visitors.

Nederland

Nederland

Nederland Bridge

Nederland

Nearer to Estes Park is a stop to see Longs Peak, the tallest mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. A short hike around Lily Lake, also part of the park, can be found north of the Longs Peak stop. Lily Lake is featured in the cover photo for this entry.

Longs Peak

Longs Peak

Other small towns and recreational areas line the route. Click here for more info. Allow at least 2 to 3 hours to complete the route.

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