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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.

view on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Colorado Vacation Directory
Explore all that the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway has to offer
Aspen trees surround the the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Colorado Vacation Directory
The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway is a great way to see the colorful fall aspen trees


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!

Kids hiking near the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Colorado Vacation Directory
There are many hiking trails along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Adults hiking along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Colorado Vacation Directory
A hike is a perfect way to bring the whole family together


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.

Barker Reservoir near Nederland Colorado, Colorado Vacation Directory
Barker Reservoir near Nederland
People on dock at Nederlands fishing pond, Colorado Vacation Directory
Kids can catch their share of fish at Nederland's Fishing Pond


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 Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Enjoy relaxing float trip or extreme whitewater with Liquid Descent. Rafting trips near Summit County, Winter Park and the Denver Area. Highlights: riverside hot springs, gorgeous scenery, abundant wildlife.
Allenspark Lodge - Classic Mountain B&B Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Hearty mountain breakfasts at an Authentic 1930s log lodge in Allenspark, CO. 12-romantic rooms for retreats, getaways, scrap-booking. Come, unhook and unwind: hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing.
Blackhawk Cabins - Real Log Cabins In Estes Park Email link icon Web page link icon
THE ONLY LOG CABIN IN ESTES PARK; all have woodburning fireplaces, lofts, pine interiors, kitchens, cable TV, WiFi. Blackhawk Lodges is 5 miles to Rocky Mountain National Park. Relax - riverside hot tub.
Carousel of Happiness - Restored 1910 Looff Web page link icon
Escape the ordinary! Scott Harrison spent 26 years hand-carving 56 one-of-a-kind animals; the Carousel creates happiness and is magical for Nederland, a mountain town. Look for the circus-tent building.
Colorado Springs - Olympic City USA Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Pikes Peak inspired 'America the Beautiful' near Colorado Springs - Olympic City USA! Visitors find plenty to explore and experience: affordable lodging, mountains, outdoor adventures, and 55 attractions!
Estes Park ATV Rentals Web page link icon Photos on page icon
TOMCAR ATV 1-4 riders: 3 or 7 hours of true ride time. No helmet, rentals are licensed to drive on roads! Visit 1965 T33A jet crash the Air Force left in the mountains near Estes Park, CO. Unguided adventures!
Evergreens On Fall River: Cabins and A Vacation Home Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Intimate 1 and 2 bedroom cabins on Fall River. RIVERFRONT cabins and vacation home in Estes Park. The Evergreens is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park. Gift certificates. Romance Packages.
Middle Fork Cabins, Raymond Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Cozy cabins nestled on the St. Vrain River in Raymond -- population 60. Middle Fork borders Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. 30 minutes to: Estes Park, Boulder, Lyons.
Misty Mountain Lodge - Vacation Cabin Retreat Web page link icon Photos on page icon Location map of property icon
A Family Vacation -- Estes Park is RIGHT HERE. Our Lodge Guests say: It's so beautiful here -- a cabin retreat surrounded by trees, the river, spectacular misty mountain backdrop, it feels like you're in nature.
Phoenix Gold Mine Tour - Catch Gold Fever Web page link icon Photos on page icon
CATCH GOLD FEVER at working gold mine -- A great day trip for folks in the Metro Area, a short drive from Denver, in historic Idaho Springs mining district. The Phoenix Tour seen on the Discovery Channel!
Pinebrook Vacation Rentals: Mountain Vacation Destinations Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Some Pet Friendly Rentals! Vacation at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park, Pinebrook fits your budget from Cozy Rustic Cabins hidden in the pines to Exquisite Mountain Homes full of amenities.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge and Cabins Web page link icon
YEAR ROUND Cabins near Allenspark and Estes Park. Sunshine Mountain is along the scenic Peak to Peak Highway. A family reunion lodge in the mountains when you need to get-a-way . . . Pets welcomed!

More Activities & Information

Allenspark, Colorado includes: Meeker Park, Raymond

Boulder, Colorado includes: Eldorado Springs, Lafayette, Louisville

Denver Mountain Area, Colorado includes: Black Hawk, Central City, Empire, Evergreen, Genesee, Georgetown, Golden Mountains, Idaho Springs, Idledale, Morrison

Estes Park, Colorado includes: Drake

Lyons, Colorado

Nederland, Colorado includes: Eldora

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