Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway

Photo of the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway in fall showing a valley of yellow aspen and high mountains

The Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway is a State and Nationally designated byway. It runs from Estes Park at its north end to Black Hawk at the south end, traversing ridges and valleys of the Front Range. Highlights include scenic vistas of the Continental Divide and many historic mine sites of Boulder, Larimer and Gilpin counties. The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway passes through Allenspark, Ward, Nederland, and Rollinsville, in addition to some smaller communities along the way.

The free Boulder Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map displays National Forest System (NFS) routes open to motorized travel and is available online.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Street-legal vehicles only.
Water: Available in communities with services
Restroom: Available at select trailheads, picnic areas and communities along the way

General Information


Go west on any of the following canyons: Colorado Highway 6 (Clear Creek Canyon), Colorado Highway 46 (Golden Gate Canyon), Colorado Highway 72 (Coal Creek Canyon), Colorado Highway 119 (Boulder Creek Canyon), Colorado Highway 7 (South Saint Vrain Canyon), or US Highway 36 (North Saint Vrain) to access various sections of the scenic byway.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Road Cycling

The Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway (Colorado Highways 7, 72, and 119) is a great tour for road cycling. Vehicle speeds range from 25 mph in towns to 50 mph along less populated stretches of road. Good paved shoulders are provided along most of the route. Many paved canyons connect to the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway for limitless loop or vehicle shuttle opportunities.

Scenic Driving

Know Before You Go

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

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  Area/Length : 
40 miles (One way)

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  Elevation : 
8,000' - 9,000'