Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

Must see · Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
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. Plan your visit to Trail Ridge Road and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning app.
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  • Awesome views and tons of wildlife early in the morning with limited traffic. We drove from the west side to the east side. We are from Texas, and there are no hills or mountains. For us, especially.....  more »
  • This a must see in your lifetime! You go through so many different mountain beauties! My favorite was the tundra! Gorgeous drive! Must drive slow.  more »
  • Ignore the reviews that say it is a scary drive and enjoy the views. Just drove the road from Estes Park to Grand Lake and contrary to all the reviews saying it is the scariest drive, the drive...  more »

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