3 Days of Pure Colorado Fun on the Peak to Peak Byway

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From Central City to Estes Park, the Peak to Peak Byway overflows with Colorado-style fun, like snowboarding, hiking, gold panning and sipping craft beers.

Sustainability Activity
How to Give Back to These Special Places

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

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1
photo courtesy of Gilpin Historical Society Photo
Activity
Thomas House Museum

Greek Revival style home built in 1867, rumored to be in front of the entrance to a mine.  The home, owned by several prominent area families, has…

Lunch
Black Hawk Bean & Cream
From Mountain Mocha — a locally loved treat — and half-pound breakfast burritos to sumptuous sandwiches, pastries and ice cream, The B&C has plenty…
Activity
Dostal Alley Brewpub and Casino
Have a blast gambling while enjoying some of the best tasting beer from the brewery.
Dinner
JKQ BBQ

Operating out of the 1872 Teller House, JKQ BBQ dishes out crowd-pleasing plates of delicious delights like 14-hour brisket, pulled pork (on…

Activity
Hidee Gold Mine Tours and Panning

Mine a gold ore specimen at the vein, yours to keep with tour! Gold Panning as well! The Hidee Gold Mine is well lit with level ground and safety…

Lodging
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa

Ameristar is a 4-diamond luxury resort located in Black Hawk, CO. Ameristar features a 536-room hotel, 5 restaurants, Starbucks, a full service…

Day
2
Insider's Tip
Hop on the Road

Drive 30 minutes north to Nederland.

Breakfast
New Moon Bakery & Cafe
High-altitude baking at its best. Locally roasted coffee and fresh-baked goods from scratch in a small, mountain town setting. Serving breakfast and…
Activity
Carousel Of Happiness

The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland Colorado's magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel,…

Lunch
Salto Coffee Works
A gathering place for visitors and locals alike, Salto serves up a wide selection of coffee drinks and teas, as well as hot cider, juices, wine and…
Activity
Eldora Mountain Resort
Only 21 miles from Boulder, Eldora has some great deals on lift and lodging packages.
Dinner
Kathmandu Restaurant
Kathmandu is a cozy eatery featuring dishes from Nepal and India, plus a full bar and a daily lunch buffet. Locals and visitors alike stop in to fill…
Activity
Very Nice Brewing Company

We are located in the Caribou Village Shopping Center in Nederland, Colorado. This is a great place to enjoy our beer and see where it is "born". …

Lodging
The Boulder Creek Lodge
The Boulder Creek Lodge sits creekside in the heart of downtown Nederland. The lodge is a short walk from a variety of restaurants and attractions,…
Day
3
Breakfast
The Train Cars Coffee and Yogurt Company

Housed in old train cars with colorful pasts, this aptly named cozy eatery serves up something for everyone, from locally roasted coffee and mini…

Insider's Tip
Drive to Estes Park

Head north for an hour to this mountain town, which is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Activity
Rocky Mountain National Park
A living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather…
Lunch
You Need Pie! Diner & Bakery
Known for their wide selection of delicious pies — from apple to pecan chocolate chip and almost everything in between — this diner also serves all…
Activity
Stanley Hotel History Tours

​Explore the history and  "spirit" of The Stanley Hotel on the Historic Stanley Tour.  On this 75 minute walk through Colorado history, you'll…

Dinner
Bird & Jim
At Bird and Jim, we are defining Colorado cuisine with our ever-evolving seasonal and ingredient-driven menus sourced from the Front Range of…
Activity
Walk the Riverwalk

Fall River runs along the backside of Elkhorn Avenue in downtown Estes Park making it the perfect spot for a post-dinner stroll.

Lodging
Pine Haven Resort
Pine Haven Resort offers 13 charming cabins with themes ranging from bighorn sheep to Daniel Boone. The Fall River runs through the property, which…