Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

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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 Rocky Mountain National Park travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is one of the most impressive drives in the national park. Be prepared to view wild life along the way.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I loved this place, you can drive up the mountain with several places to stop and take pictures. We saw elks and chipmunks. We drove from Colorado Springs, so it was a 2.5hr drive and it took us 1.5 h...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    First time we were guests of one of Donna’s close artists friends. She and her husband have a summer place in Estes Park, CO. They wanted to show us where much of the painting inspiration comes from, ...  more »
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  • March 3, 2017
    Wonderful views during the road. Elevation reaches more than 12k feet. Deers everywhere. Not a dangerous road but closed in winter time till late may.
  • August 11, 2016
    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...
  • June 14, 2016
    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.
  • July 12, 2016
    2nd time... Great views... Wear something warm
  • March 28, 2016
    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.

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Camping offers one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the nature of Rocky Mountain National Park. The park offers more than 500 individual sites spread out over five developed campgrounds, and wilderness camping expands your options even further. Many visitors stay in the eastside gateway town of Estes Park, where you can choose from lodges, resorts, economy motels, small inns, bed and breakfasts, and cabins. The town features a lake and views of the park's sharp peaks. On the park's western side, a handful of lodges, inns, cabins, and motels are clustered around Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake. You'll also find campgrounds around Lake Granby.
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