Summit County is widely recognized as having some of the most scenic roads in the country. From perfect paved mountain passes to wild off-road adventures, the high country can keep you occupied for days. So, if you’re looking to literally get off the beaten path, or just experience breathtaking high elevation views, these 4 amazing scenic drives our Peak 1 Express staff loves near Summit County are the perfect way to experience all the wonder this area has to offer.
The staple in Summit County, Loveland Pass, is well known as being one of the most scenic drives in the area. Take a rip through the Ski town of Keystone, Colorado before continuing on US 6 past Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and up to the top of the world. Loveland Pass has a large parking area at its Summit and there are plenty of area to take some beautiful photos of the Continental Divide. In the colder months, you will often see many backcountry ski and snowboard enthusiasts as this pass is well known as the avenue to experience backcountry skiing.
For another incredible ride right out of beautiful Breckenridge Colorado, check out the Boreas Pass route! The road starts out paved and you circle up the mountain through various neighborhoods before quickly becoming a dirt road that goes on for miles. Experience the best views of the Tenmile Range.
4th of July Bowl
In the summer, the Breckenridge Ski Resort allows private motorists to use the ski resort access roads. Grab a 4 wheel drive and venture high into the mountains well above tree level. The road can get a bit rough so make sure you have the proper equipment for making the ascent. The long drive is well worth it as you will pass the tops of ski lifts before continuing all the way to the high alpine environment of the 4th of July Bowl. This drive is a can’t miss for summer visits to Breckenridge.
If you are willing to leave the confines of Summit County and venture slightly south, Independence Pass is rated one of the most beautiful stretches of roadway in America. To get to the pass, take I-70 west to Copper Mountain and then follow HWY 91 through Leadville to HWY 82. Follow Hwy 82 to great views of the Maroon Bells and other incredible mountain landscapes.
If you want to skip the drive and fully enjoy the scenery on your way to Summit County, book transportation with Peak 1 Express. Our reliable shuttles with luxurious accommodations will you have sitting back and taking in the incredible views on your way into the Rocky Mountains.