Length: 55 miles
Driving time: 80 minutes
Open: All Year
Welcome to the showcase of the Front Range. Less than an hour from Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins, this 55-mile-long route provides matchless views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches. The string of popular attractions along the way – Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Eldora Ski Resort – combine recreation with nature preservation.
The 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.
Main Towns: Black Hawk/Central City, Estes Park, Nederland
- Colorado’s oldest scenic byway
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Golden Gate Canyon State Park
- Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
- Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
- Eldora Ski Resort
- Lake Isobelle, Brainard Lake; Lost Lake
- Ghost Towns – Nevadaville and other neighboring towns
Wildlife: Waterfowl, elk, moose, beaver, deer, bighorn sheep.