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Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Scenic Drive
Enjoy sweeping views of the lush Colorado wilderness from the comfort of your own car along Trail Ridge Road. The road stretches 77 km (48 mi) east to west through the scenic Rocky Mountain National Forest, with 17.7 km (11 mi) of the road's length traveling above the tree line. Take advantage of the area’s many walking trails and viewpoints before winding your way up the paved road to an elevation of almost 3,505 m (11,500 ft), where the evergreen tree line ends and you can enjoy panoramic views of snowcapped mountains and rugged peaks. Remember to drive cautiously on the roadway, as there are many steep drops and intense wind conditions. Put Trail Ridge Road at the forefront of your travel plans using our Grand Lake travel itinerary maker.
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  • We were so thrilled that the trail was re-opened the day we arrived in Estes Park. This was a bucket-list drive for me, and I was overjoyed that my wife and 5-month old son could enjoy it with me for ...  more »
  • After hiking near Bear Lake we drove the road to the turn-around where it is closed in the winter. There was light snow falling so there was not much of a view. However, we could see some of the valle...  more »
  • If you make it to Rocky Mountain National Park don't miss the opportunity to take a road trip on the Trail Ridge Road. Block off at least 4 hours or you won't appreciate it. We drove from Estes Park t...  more »
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  • BEST SCENIC DRIVE IN THE STATE! This is a must do during your trip to RMNP. Especially if you've got kids or parents with you who cannot do any hiking. This allows you to take in the scenery (and altitude) without straining too much. The drive is very windy and requires concentration from the driver, but the passengers will all enjoy the views. Please be careful and mind the weather conditions during your trip as the road is often a quick turn away from the edge of a mountain...
  • 2nd time... Great views... Wear something warm
  • Absolutely beautiful views and I have frequently seen different types of wildlife along the road. I would recommend taking Old Fall River Road up to the alpine visitor center and Trail Ridge Road down to make a loop from the Estes Park side.
  • Best park of Rocky Mountain National Park. Make sure you bundle up even on a warm summer day. It gets cold but lits an awesome view.
  • Beautiful!