The Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway is Colorado’s oldest scenic byway, established in 1918. The route winds 55 miles in and out of national forest lands through some of the state’s most striking mountain landscapes and is very easily accessible from Boulder and Denver.
This is one of the premier spots for autumn leaf peeping in Colorado, but it will give you access to spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation any time of year.
Make Boulder your starting point, pack up picnic provisions from the Boulder Farmers Market or a gourmet grocer and head out on the road to enjoy a day of driving, hiking and photographing.
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Route: From Boulder, take Canyon Blvd. (Hwy. 119) up through beautiful Boulder Canyon to Nederland, an easy drive on a paved road that runs alongside Boulder Creek and takes you through narrow granite walls (look for rock climbers scaling them above you!). Getting from Boulder to Nederland takes about 30 minutes. From Nederland, you can choose to go north (Hwy. 72) to Estes Park, or south (Hwy. 119) to the casino towns of Central City and Black Hawk.
Delays on Hwy. 119 (Boulder Canyon)
Ongoing road work on Hwy. 119 (Boulder Canyon) are causing occasional traffic delays. For the latest, please check CDOT's website, which is updated weekly.
If you need an alternate route to get to the Peak to Peak Byway: From Boulder, take Lee Hill Dr. to Lefthand Canyon Dr. (to the town of Ward) to Hwy. 72. Map of alternate routes. While you will miss Boulder Canyon, there are not many deciduous trees in the canyon — most are on the Peak to Peak Byway — so you will still see plenty of colors. Feel free to call us with questions: 303-442-2911.