Colorado Scenic Byways Map
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
The byway passes a few of Colorado's ghost towns. Caribou used to be a silver camp but is deserted now. However, Nederland (the town that was established to supply Caribou) lives on. There are also many gold mines along Hwy 72 and 119. On the weekends, prospectors still pan for gold in the creeks, and there are a few gold mines along the way that allow the public to pan for the sparkling golden flakes. Visitors have to pay to pan, but children find it exciting and many times rewarding, making it worth the small fee.
In addition to the stunning mountain scenery, this byway also provides a unique close-up look at the Continental Divide. The area is filled with aspen trees, so in the fall it becomes a dazzling quilt of gold, yellow, orange, green and brown. The fall is also a wonderful time to visit the area because it is elk mating season. Visitors flock to Estes Park to watch the mating rituals of the elk. Female and baby elk gather in a field as one male monopolizes his harem until he is challenged. The elk in this town have become so abundant that it is almost impossible to drive through Estes Park without seeing them - they almost seem to know the traffic laws!
Whether looking for a relaxing vacation or for adventure, there are activities for all kinds of people in this area. There is hiking, climbing, river rafting, ATVing, horseback riding, biking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, shopping, dining, camping and nearby skiing in Eldora Mountain Resort. For some Hollywood sightseeing, Estes Park is also home to the Stanley Hotel, Steven King's inspiration for his famous novel "The Shining"; he stayed in room 217 in the nearly empty hotel the night before it closed for the season. The original film with Jack Nicolson and Shelley Duvall was not filmed here but the mini-series was.
Places to Stay & Fun things to Do
Offering rafting trips near Estes Park, Summit County and the Denver Mountain Area. Enjoy relaxing float trip or extreme whitewater with gorgeous scenery, abundant wildlife, and riverside hot springs!
Authentic 1930's log lodge, 12-rooms, in Allenspark offering: mountain breakfasts, hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, romantic getaways, small retreats, scrap-booking. Come, unhook & unwind.
In Estes Park, vacation homes, cabins and condos with TV, BBQ, deck and views. Some with internet and washers and dryers. Near Rocky Mountain National Park. 3 night minimum. Off season discounts.
THE ONLY LOG CABINS IN ESTES PARK; all with woodburning fireplaces and lofts. Full kitchens, knotty pine interiors, cable TV. Riverside hot tub. 5 minutes to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.
Restored cottages with modern amenities. Step-Back in time. Minutes to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park. Central hot tub & deck. Non-smoking. Open all year. WI-FI. Pets OK. Romance Packages.
Romance and Special Occasion Packages. RIVERFRONT CABINS & VACATION HOMES in Estes Park. Intimate 1 and 2 bedroom cabins on Fall River. Near Rocky Mountain National Park. Gift certificates.
Near Estes Park stay in deluxe, immaculately clean cottages surrounded by scenic views, pines, wildlife. Machin's is inside Rocky Mountain National Park, clean mountain air, secluded location! WI-FI available.
Cozy cabins are nestled near the secluded town of Raymond, population 60. Middle Fork borders Rocky Mountain National Park, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and 30 minutes to Estes Park and Boulder.
Our guests frequently comment: It's so beautiful here -- surrounded by trees, the river, spectacular mountain backdrop, and it feels like you're really out in nature. But -- Estes Park is RIGHT HERE.
Close to downtown Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Heated outdoor pool and picnic area. Exceptionally clean rooms with air-conditioning. For families there are 2-room suites with kitchenettes.
CATCH GOLD FEVER at working gold mine -- as seen on the Discovery Channel! A short drive from Denver, in historic Idaho Springs mining district. A great day trip for folks with kids living in the Metro area.
Vacation at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park, accommodating your budget from cozy rustic cabins hidden in the pines to exquisite mountain homes full of amenities. Some rentals are pet friendly.
Enjoy an upscale vacation home, condo or cabin that best meets your wishes for a special vacation in and around Estes Park. Sit back, relax, give us the pleasure of helping you enjoy where nature abounds.
Pets Welcome! Near Allenspark and Estes Park, open year round. Along the scenic Peak to Peak Scenic Highway. Perfect for Family Reunions. Your place in the mountains when you just need to get-a-way . . .
More Activities & Information
Allenspark, Colorado includes: Meeker Park, Raymond
Denver Mountain Area, Colorado includes: Black Hawk, Central City, Empire, Evergreen, Genesee, Georgetown, Golden Mountains, Idaho Springs, Idledale, Morrison
Estes Park, Colorado includes: Drake
Nederland, Colorado includes: Eldora