Scenic Byways in Estes Park
The scenic drive leaving Estes Park Colorado, winding along The Peak to Peak highway is spectacular. This 55-mile-long route provides unprecedented views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches. Strings of popular attractions along the way – Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Eldora Ski Resort – combine recreation with nature preservation. Gravel roads criss-crossing the main highway lead to high-country lakes, trailheads, campgrounds, the Moffat Tunnel’s east portal, and ghost towns at Hesse and Apex. Established in 1918, this is Colorado’s oldest scenic byway.
The Peak to Peak highway was established during the gold rush in the early 1900’s. Old mines can be seen along the way as you descend into Black Hawk and Central City, two Historical mining towns with a variety of casinos and restaurants to choose from.
Allenspark Day Trip
Allenspark is a 17-mile drive from Estes on a section of the Scenic Peak to Peak Highway (Hwy 7) with suggested stops at:
- -Lily Lake- an easy 3/4 mile walk around the lake.
- -The Baldpate Inn which houses a collection of 30,000 keys.
- -Eagle Plum’s Trading Post which offers a collection of American art, rugs and silver jewelry.
- – Twin Sisters Trailhead, a favorite moderate hike with panoramic views.