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FAVORITE Route to Estes

While not always recommended in winter (and def. not during "Frozen Dead Guy" in Nederland), this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michael W
Littleton, Colorado
Beautiful Drive

Nice drive and lots of great scenery. Several small communities and cabins along the way that made... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2019
Pontotoc, Mississippi
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Highway 7, 72 and 119, Estes Park, CO
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While not always recommended in winter (and def. not during "Frozen Dead Guy" in Nederland), this is by far my fav way to get from Metro Denver to Estes. Fall drive, while longer than the standard routes, is nothing short of spectacular.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michael W
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

Nice drive and lots of great scenery. Several small communities and cabins along the way that made for a nice drive.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JamesTreview
Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

This is really an amazing drive. If the scenery of the surrounding mountains and valleys isn't enough, the local wildlife is really special as well. With large animals like deer and elk visable from close up. I would recommend giving them plenty of room though....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 15 January 2019

The views are spectacular and we were lucky enough to drive through on a day that even with construction, traffic was light and we almost had the road to ourselves.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 8 January 2019 via mobile

This is a must drive! Very beautiful, interesting sights all along the way. 2 hours round trip. Neat little town at the end.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank smpc19
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

Very beautiful drive. I started in Estes Park and when I got to Black Hawk I was surprised to see there were so many casinos! What a neat town. I had my dogs with me so unfortunately I couldn’t go inside and explore everything I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 366kelseyj
Reviewed 18 December 2018

The drive and the views from the peak were breathtaking. To enjoy the drive make sure you have a video camera as the trip is fairly long but you want to remember it all from the base to the peaks and back. There are multiple...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Arpan P
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Take you time driving these roads. Drink lots of water because you are going, up, Up, UP. Beautiful towns, shops and most of all....NATURE. The Rocky Mountains are gorgeous, and the people who live in and around the mountains, are wonderful people. Highly Recommend!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Julie E
Reviewed 9 December 2018

Took this as part of our round trip from Grand Lake via Estes Park to Golden. Altitude did make you feel a little breathless at times, (and made it too cold to have the roof down on our Mustang!) but views were amazing. It was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sandie W
Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

We drove from Estes Park to Nederland on the Scenic byway and were not disappointed by the awesome views. I don't know how it is any other time, but when we drove it in November, there were very few people on the road so we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michael B
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31 December 2018|
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Response from photoguywisconsin | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure what will actually be available, but there may be some activities or areas that may be available in Rocky Mountain national Park . I would contact the park to see which areas or activities are possible.
29 December 2018|
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Response from DJH2010 | Reviewed this property |
The Peak to Peak Byway is open year-round. However, you need to check for weather and see if areas of the road are closed. Trail Ridge Road from Estes Park to Grand Lake will be closed in February.
20 December 2018|
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Response from Mindysue852 |
Thank you everyone for your replies. We will visit Estes and start from there. I meant to post this on the Trail Ridge Road page, got a little mixed up! If we do go all the way to Grand Lake, would it be scenic to go South... More