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“The best of the best for riding” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Highway 7, 72 and 119, Estes Park, CO
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Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Estes Park
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Owner description: Popular route from Estes Park to Central City.
Fort Collins, Colorado
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“The best of the best for riding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is one of the most awesome motorcycle rides you can take.. that leads you to many other spots.. all you have to do, is have the adventure in you! You will NOT be disappointed.. beautiful all the way

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Wow is not a strong enough word.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Wow. The stunning views will take your breath away. There are small towns along the way (but not many) where you can stop for a snack or a drink. It's just out of this world. Check before you go, however, to make sure it's open, during snow season.

Visited August 2012
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Olathe, Kansas
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“Breath Taking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I love the whole state, the elk, moose cross the road and people from all over stop to take pictures. The food and shops are every where. The nicest people are in Colorado.They don't seem to have ice just snow flurries. The view from the Stanley Hotel was beautiful and we had lunch there too. Very reasonable prices.

Visited March 2013
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108 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“It's like riding the road to Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

If you do only one wilderness thing on your vacation to Colorado, this will give you an excellent example of the best of Colorado. It has all the trees and mountains that make this a heavenly state, but what makes Peak-to-Peak unique is that the road is about 9,000 feet high the whole route! This is a well maintained road, 40 miles long, speeds up to 50 mph, like one that you would see in town, but make a point of stopping along the way and enjoying the vistas...yes, they are grand VISTAS. There's light traffic, and cars and bikes are welcome. (Be warned that in winter it is closed during bad storms). Before I moved here, I had a day off from my Denver conference and I took this road (again) and it convinced me to finally move here. It is especially scenic in the fall when the brilliant yellow Aspen leaves are set against the dark evergreens and the incredible deep blue sky. Color peak is usually mid to late September. You can catch the road from Lyons (hwy 7) or Estes Park(hwy 72) to the north; or Boulder (hwy 119) to the east; or the casino towns of Black Hawk and Central City to the south (take I-70 from Denver). If you wish to avoid the gambling towns, travel via Golden (hwy 6) to the south. On the route you will pass a handful of tiny towns, but there are a couple of quaint small towns worth stopping at, with typical homey cafes and a few small stores (Allenspark and Nederland). Nederland has more shops and a museum, but the highlight is the newly restored carousel ride, only $1. (Some places have limited hours in the winter). The two towns are somewhat picturesque and have a small river running through them. You will be driving through (free) Roosevelt National Forest (but you will see some rare homes and businesses, mainly near towns). Other parks/roads that you might visit another day (camping, backpacking, etc) are Brainhard Lake, Switzerland Trail, Long's Peak (the tallest in the national park), and Indian Peaks Wilderness; or, get a map of the many reservoirs and trails in the area as they are easy to miss. But the highlight will probably be Malo Church, a Chapel on a giant rock, and it's made of stone. Pope John visited it here and did a little bit of skiing in the area. The trip can take you from 1 hour to 3 hours, plus lunch time. Watch the road signs as the route # changes three times. It's worth buying a camera, if you forgot yours, as it's a route you will want to remember forever and share.

Visited February 2013
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not to be missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The roads are well maintained and the views are incredible. We go from Castle Rock to Estes Park several times a year and always go Peak to Peak. There are plenty of pull out parking spots where you can take lots of pictures. We always stop in Nederland for a short trip around the little shops there and sometimes a little lunch in one of the restaurants. If you are going from anywhere in the Denver area or South of Denver.....take this beautiful route. You won't be sorry!

Visited October 2012
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