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Located on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, no matter what direction you take to or from Nederland, the scenery is spectacular.

Suggested by the U.S. Forest Service:

Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway

Meander your way along the oldest scenic byway in Colorado. Established in 1918, the Peak-to-Peak Byway takes visitors from the first gold mining town of Idaho Springs, through the renovated historic gambling town of Black Hawk, to the town of Estes Park, where it concludes. Throughout this 55-mile journey in the foothills of Denver and Boulder, the Continental Divide winks at you several times as you dart in and out of the forest and cruise by open meadows.

This is the main access road for many Forest Service recreational opportunities including campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, and the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness areas. Stop and visit some of the old mining towns of the past still thriving with small town activity, or explore the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park where the wildlife outnumber the residents. This byway is open year-round weather permitting.


  • From Denver: Take I-70 to Highway 6, then Highway 119 north to Nederland. In Nederland, take Highway 72 west. Just past Raymond, take Highway 7 north.
  • From Boulder: Take Highway 119 south to Highway 72 in Nederland. From there, head north or south depending on your desired destination. Rocky Mountain National Park is to the north and Mount Evans Scenic Byway is to the south.

Please check out the forest roads status page.