There is a lot of history along this easy, backcountry drive. You'll be able to see four old cemeteries, and several historic structures in Apex, an old mining camp and ghost town. The route offers access to many other fun trails, and unlicensed vehicles are allowed on some sections. Open all year.
Apex was founded in 1891, several decades after the larger towns of Central City, Black Hawk and Nevadaville. Since Apex was closer to the mines, it could provide some services more conveniently. The town reached its peak population of about 1,000 people around 1896. At that time there were 20 to 30 buildings consisting of two hotels, a dance hall, several churches, a school and a newspaper.