Blackhawk/Central City to Peak Highway to Nederland, Estes Park
What can you say about this ride that will sum it up in one word? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. That seems like it’s cheating, but this ride is awesome. From Denver you head towards Golden and go right past Coors Brewing Company, home to the world’s largest brewery. From here, you will enjoy miles and miles of perfectly paved twists on your way into Blackhawk/Central City. While this is historical Colorado mining area, the legalization of gambling in 1991 has turned this area into a mini Las Vegas with plenty of hotels and gaming to go around. After hitting the jackpot in Blackhawk, head up the 119 and enjoy the vistas on the way into Nederland, home to the Frozen Dead Guy Days. Another story for that one. Nederland is a bustling little community with enough shops, restaurants, and scenery to keep you entertained for an afternoon. Next, you will experience more great riding as you head in to Estes Park. Once again, more great shops and restaurants to entice your spirit. It is not uncommon to see wild life such as Elk roaming the streets and parks near Estes. If you want more, a ride over trail ridge road through Rocky Mountain National Park should leave you fully satisfied. Once you have had your fill of wildlife viewing and salt water taffy in Estes, it’s back down HWY 36 through Lyons, CO. and into Boulder. Another quick jaunt down HWY 36 and you will land back in Denver. Spend a day, or spend 3 days. You couldn't run out of things to explore on this route.