Do ocean views with sunlight bouncing off the waves have you dazzled out?
Are desert rides through rainbow-painted canyons a little too hot to handle at the moment?
Then maybe a cool mountain ride through the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway is just the thing you need.
One of Colorado’s brightest stars in a constellation of gorgeous rides, the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway is exactly what its name implies: a hefty dose of lofty heights, twisting roads, bright alpine sun and jaw-dropping Colorado Rocky Mountain views.
Even if you’re a veteran of Rocky Mountain rides, Peak to Peak is in a class of its own. Due to the dangers of high altitude, like avalanches, falling rock, snow and wind, the byway is only rideable from May through September.
Beginning at Highway 6 in Golden, the byway winds through Clear Lake Canyon Park to Highway 19. You’ll traverse Highways 72 and 7, sweeping up through the Rocky Mountains and taking in the idyllic scenery of the Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park along the way.
Along the way, you’ll pass through endless panorama of crystal-clear streams, snow-capped mountains, and spacious meadows. The road takes you through smooth curves and dramatic rises, mixed with exciting twists and drops.
If you’re an adventure-seeker who loves a good thrill and a good view, then the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway is a must. Its hairpin turns, switchbacks and dramatic rises and drops provide an enjoyable challenge for both novice and experienced bikers alike.
Even better than seeing these spectacular sights from the road is spending the night in them! Hiking and camping enthusiasts will be glad to know that many scenic hiking trails branch off from the main road, giving you the opportunity to experience the crisp mountain air, lush scenery and brilliant sun first-hand.
You can also camp overnight and take in the bejeweled velvet sky of a Rocky Mountain night- the perfect culmination of a day (or two!) of unparalleled beauty along the road.
Be sure to dress warm, pack a cozy sleeping bag and be ready for a one-of-a-kind night under the stars. The scenery you enjoy during the day gets positively dreamy at night.
Moonlight and starlight alike bathe the peaks and valleys of one of the country’s most idyllic places with unforgettable monochrome beauty.
Whether you’re a photography buff looking to capture visual memories along the road, an outdoor enthusiast eager to lace up your boots and hike into the hills, or just an avid rider with a passion for challenging roads and the thrill of adventure, look no further than the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway.
And if finding the right place to stay is a concern, then download our free BikerBuddy app and find a host along the trail. It’s kind of like AirBnB for motorcycle travelers.
You can also earn extra cash by becoming a BikerBuddy host.