Department of Transportation.
Welcome to the showcase of the Front Range. Less than an hour from Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins, this 55-mile-long route provides matchless views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches. The string of popular attractions along the way - Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Eldora Ski Resort - combine recreation with nature preservation. The gravel roads criss-crossing the main highway lead to high-country lakes, trailheads, campgrounds, the Moffat Tunnel's east portal, and ghost towns at Hesse and Apex. Established in 1918 this is Colorado's oldest scenic byway.
Getting to the Byway:
**From Denver** * In Denver, merge south onto I-25 S on the Colorado Springs ramp. * Take exit 209B for US 6W/6th Ave. * After about half a mile, keep left at the fork and merge on US 6W. * Exit onto I-70 W toward Grand Junction, then take exit 243 toward Hidden Valley/Central City, the southern terminus of the byway. **From Fort Collins** * From Fort Collins, head south on US 287. * Continue as the road turns into N Garfield Avenue. * Turn right onto W Eisenhower Blvd./US 34 W. * After 29 miles, continue onto Big Thompson Ave./E Elkhorn Ave. * Turn right onto Virginia Dr. and continue onto Park Ln. into Estes Park, the northern terminus of the byway. **From Steamboat Springs** * In Steamboat Springs, head southwest on 6th St. toward Lincoln Ave. then take the first left onto US 40. * Follow US 40 for 78 miles then turn left onto US 34. * Continue on US 34 for 53 miles where it changes to US 36. * Stay on US 36 for about 6.5 miles then turn right onto Big Thompson Ave./Elkhorn Ave. * Then, take the first left onto Virginia Dr. and continue on Park Ln. into Estes Park, the northern terminus of the byway.
Navigating the Byway:
* In Estes Park, the northern terminus of the byway, head south on Virginia Dr. * Turn left onto Big Thompson Ave/E Elkhorn Ave. * Turn right onto SR 7/N St Vrain Ave. * After about 19.5 miles, turn right onto SR 72 E and continue for 21 miles. * Make a slight left onto W 2nd St. and prepare to take the first exit onto N Bridge St. off the round-about. * Once you've exited, continue onto SR 119/Pine St and drive for 18 miles. * Turn right onto Gregory St. and continue as the road turns slightly left and becomes Lawrence St. * Continue into Central City, the southern terminus of the byway.