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4   in Colorado Colorado60 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Peak to Peak Highway

By Paul, John and Gail
on August 1, 2007

4.5out of 5

20 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

There are several starting points all along the route. You can start at Highway 6 in Golden through Black Hawk, Golden Gate Canyon in Golden, Highway 72 east of Arvada in Clear Creek Canyon, Left Hand Canyon in Boulder, Boulder Canyon or even Highway 7 coming out of Lyons. Each one of these roads travels west and connects with the Peak to Peak. You can move through the casinos of Black Hawk, the town of Nederland or start in Boulder. Any way you choose will provide an amazing run. Going from South to North you will eventually come out in Estes Park Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road.

Scenery

Depending on which canyon you start with you will go through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery close to the Denver-Metro area. The National Scenic Byway Program describes the Peak to Peak Highway as "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."

Road Quality

The roads will have some sand in the early spring but overall quality is quite good.

Roadside Amenities

Several stops along the way to take pictures, take in the scenery or stop for a bite and drink. Take a run past several of Colorado famous 14'ers! One of our favorite stops is the wonderful town of Ward. John plans to retire and become Mayor there. Their 4th of July parade is not to be missed!

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By skutertrash
on August 21, 2014 2 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley Sportster

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is an amazing ride right from the start! Breathtaking views and an amazing road! Stopped in Nederland for lunch. Ended up trapped by an afternoon storm, good food but not real friendly. Got the hint that hippies don't like bikers. Probably still over the Hells Angels kicking their ass out in Cali in the 60's!

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By Guest
on June 22, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This ride was a 9+ at least! Words do not do this ride justice. You have to ride it to believe it. I met nice peolpe along the way and the sights were spectacular. All of the meadows were in bloom with wild flowers, blue skies and puffy clouds. Very nice variety of twisties mixed with long sweeping and tight quick corners.

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By pods
on July 21, 2017 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

2017. Having ridden Estes Park thru Big Thopson Canyon the night before, a busy Friday, and wanting to get down to Mount Evans I entered via Hwy 7 and Lyons. The road never stops curving, rising, and dropping, easy to ride at a good pace though. Views are great in the high country, traffic not bad for a Saturday. Well worth the ride.

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By Guest
on October 29, 2010 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport

The peak to peak was paved during the Summer of 2010. The down side is that patrols by Gilpin county sheriffs are way up. And now that it is paved it is hard to ride even close to the legal limits. BTW Gilpin patrols south of Nederland. Also, the weekends are no time to ride in the Rockies. Come with us in 2011 and ride all week long.

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By Guest
on August 27, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

I did this ride on 08/16/10. I started of in Golden and road it all the way to Estes Park. IT WAS AMAZING. If you are thinking about doing this ride but think it is to long, it's not. Do it, as it will be a life time memory.

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By cvotracy
on August 27, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Was a great trip. Lots to see.

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By BillFromBoulder
on August 26, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

As I live in Boulder I ride this road many times per year. While fun and nice scenery, compared to other rides in Colorado this is an average route - albeit the standard is pretty high. Try to avoid traffic typical on weekends.

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By nihao76
on October 31, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Bmw

Motorcycle Type Enduro

Nice smooth road with curves and hills. Nice scenery too. But I recommend going off road onto the Switzerland Trail or Gold Hill Rd to experience more of the terrain. You will need a bike with on/off Rd tires but it's a lot of fun

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By KillaKaw
on October 4, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki zx14r

Motorcycle Type Sport

Great ride and 36 from Estes Park down to Lyons is nice to if your going that way.

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By CO Wanderer
on September 6, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year Street 750 XG750 2015

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Standard

Majestic views on this fine highway. Cool, clear air with elevation over 8000 feet in Black Hawk and while it goes up and down along with its curves the elevation at the North end in Estes Park is over 7000 feet.

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By Dfj708
on July 14, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Enduro

Great road and great views!

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By iSlappedTheHulk
on July 6, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make HD

Motorcycle Type Touring

Living in Colorado, I've done this ride many times. It is an excellent, scenic route with abundant wildlife. So be careful and mindful. There is a small stretch of road if traveling north, just before Estes Park. Stop, pull over and soak in the scenery of Longs Peak!! It's amazing.

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By hpitler
on July 29, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley Road King

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is our favorite 2-3 hour ride. We usually come up through Rt. 6 and take the Central City Parkway to get on 119. There are some great restaurants in Estes Park for lunch before returning. Our favorite is Big Hirn on the western edge of town. Good food and plenty of it.

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By Guest
on June 23, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Ducati

Motorcycle Type Sport

I love this road!! They recently paved about 30% of peak to peak highway to help improve the road quality. I reccomend not going on Sunday's due to heavy traffic

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By Guest
on March 19, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Did this ride in September '09. The fall colors are SPECTACULAR. Bring warm gear as it can get pretty chilly during stretches. Only drawback was the traffic can get a bit dicey at times( it was a Saturday), so try to not get distracted by the scenery. You owe it to yourself to pull off the road and take in the views for awhile.

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By Guest
on July 26, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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loved the ride up thru the canyon next to the stream, took this ride as part of vacation and really enjoyed it, got to Estes Park and continued over the mountains to Granby, been a long time since I was on top of a mountain and riding over on bike was superb. Had to keep stopping to take pictures along the whole route. I rode this part and continued down the back side of the mountain, took the whole day to complete, but wasn't in any rush, just enjoying nature.

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By Guest
on July 19, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1979

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a great ride - you can get there up Golden Gate canyon, up Coal Creek canyon, up Boulder Canyon (thru the city), or up the South St. Vrain canyon thru Lyons, and each has its own features. Try for non-weekends if possible and watch for the crotch-rockets from behind! No offense intended. It's also an easy stop at Central City or Estes Park. Bring your camera!

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By Guest
on January 19, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type

While on a 2-week tour I happened upon this beautiful streatch of blacktop at the end of a very long day of riding that I thought was topped off by the Trail Ridge Road in the RMNP. Estes Park all the way down to Blackhawk... WOW! Even though it was getting late in the afternoon I nearly turned around and ran it all over again.

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By Guest
on December 20, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Bring a camera and ride this route into Rocky Mountain National Park and you will see large herds of Elk come down into the park, this occurs in August and September so bring warm clothes as the temp can drop quickly. (Best motorcycle roads in N. America)

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By Guest
on July 2, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

I agree totally with Paul and his friends......the view is "Amazing" and
the road is like a "Mini-Gap" (Tail of the Dragon) in Tennessee! Plenty "S" curves with a few 180's thrown in for good measure. If you own a sportbike your in "Motorcycle Heaven"...do yourself a favor and
get up there if you can!!!

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