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Winter Scenic Drives

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Winter Scenic Drives

Hi. My husband and I are traveling to Denver over the Thanksgiving holiday and staying downtown. It's our first time and we'd like to take some scenic drives to get some great views of the mountains and city. Can anyone recommend some routes? Also, how frequently do the roads close and will these routes always remain open? Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Winter Scenic Drives

You can check road conditions at any time at www.cotrip.org and even see the roads in some locations by clicking on the camera icons on the road conditions maps.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a wonderfully scenic day trip from Denver and RMNP is the best place in Colorado to see wildlife.

Link for loop trip to and from Estes Park from Denver

http://mapq.st/1bjRlfM

Scenic route through Rocky Mountain National Park

http://goo.gl/maps/dpQvO

From the Top Questions over to your right, here is a description of this day trip to RMNP from Denver.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g143048-i3489-k498…

Edited: 08 November 2013, 23:36
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2. Re: Winter Scenic Drives

Just driving west on I-70 will give you spectacular views of the Rockies. I-70 is likely the most scenic interstate highway in the country. Depending on weather conditions, bypass the Eisenhower tunnel and turn off on Hwy 6 to drive over Loveland Pass.

Another nice drive is the road to Mt. Evans. You cannot get to the summit, but it's still a beautiful drive. There's a thread and info on it here somewhere, if I can find it I will post the link.

If you have tine, another beautiful drive is the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway to Estes Park: myscenicdrives.com/drives/colorado/peak-to-p…

(LOL fv - again posting at the same time. since the Mt. Evans trip is a post of yours, hopefully you have the link to it?)

Edited: 08 November 2013, 23:40
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3. Re: Winter Scenic Drives

I know that fv1989 has a more detailed post about Mt. Evans, but here's a recent thread with some links and info: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g33388-i253-k69583…

A shorter drive would be Lookout Mountain in Golden only 20 min. west of Denver. At the top you can enjoy a view that looks out over Denver. Buffalo Bill's grave and memorial museum are there as well as hiking and biking trails and a nature center.

From Denver, go west on I-70. Take exit #256 and follow the brown signs to Lookout Mountain. jeffco.us/parks/…

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4. Re: Winter Scenic Drives

Yes, Babalax, I was just about to post the mapquest link for the open sections of the Mount Evans Scenic Byway combined with Loveland Pass. Here it is.

http://mapq.st/1d6sSvS

Kiara, the Squaw Pass Road/Echo Lake/Idaho Springs route is the Mount Evans Scenic Byway and the loop showing Keystone is Loveland Pass. I will caution you that I-70 traffic Thanksgiving weekend could be rather busy with all the ski resorts. Skiers will get an early am start Thursday, Friday and Saturday and be heading back Sunday afternoon. Plan around those times by waiting a little later in the mornings to head out I-70 and avoid coming back on Sunday afternoon.

A loop to Colorado Springs for Garden of the Gods and the Pikes Peak Cog is another nice day trip from Denver.

http://mapq.st/16NXfWW

The link I gave you for the loop to and from Estes Park includes most of the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway which Babalax also mentioned.

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