We plan to drive from our airport hotel in Denver to Estes Park on the 12th of September 2011. On the way to Estes Park we want to incorporate at least part of the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway in our drive. We are not sure though about where exactly we should pick up the Peak to Peak? Is it worth to drive the whole scenic byway from Central City to Estes Park or should we skip the first part and pick up the Peak to Peak in for example Nederland?
We will be able to start our drive pretty early in the morning, but need to pass by a Walmart on the way to pick up a cooler and other supplies for our trip.
After arriving in Estes Park we will basicly have the whole next day (9/13) and part of 9/14 to explore Rocky Mountain NP. Since we would like to do some short hikes, this is of course not very much for this wonderful park and therefore we were wondering, whether we should try to arrive early in Estes Park on 9/12 in order to do some exploring of the park in the afternoon. What do you think? All suggestions are welcome!