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Peak to Peak Scenic Byway


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Peak to Peak Scenic Byway near Allenspark, Black Hawk, Central City, Drake, Eldora, Empire, Estes Park, Evergreen, Genesee, Georgetown, Golden Mountains, Idaho Springs, Idledale, Meeker Park, Morrison, Nederland, Raymond

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.

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Aspens at their finest along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway


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.

Starting in Nederland, turn right on Hwy 72 on the way to Ward. The byway will take you to Estes Park.

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Places to Stay & Fun things to Do

A Liquid Descent Whitewater Rafting link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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!
Allenspark Lodge email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Anderson Realty & Management link to Colorado vacation
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.
Blackhawk Lodges email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation
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.
Colorado Cottages link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Evergreens On Fall River, The link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Machin's Cottages in the Pines email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Near Estes Park offering deluxe, immaculately clean cottages surrounded by scenic views, wildlife and clean mountain air. Inside Rocky Mountain National Park, a secluded, beautiful location! WI FI available.
Middle Fork Cabins, Raymond link to Colorado vacation
Cozy log cabins are nestled next to the secluded town of Raymond, population 60, adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and 30 minutes to Estes Park and Boulder.
Misty Mountain Lodge link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Peak to Peak Lodge link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Phoenix Gold Mine Tour link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Pinebrook Vacation Rentals link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Range Property Management Vacation Rentals email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge & Cabins link to Colorado vacation
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

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