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Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

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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. Put Trail Ridge Road at the forefront of your travel plans using our Grand Lake travel itinerary maker.
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  • Spent a full day driving Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake. Absolutely stunning views. Saw lots of Elk, marmots and chipmunks. Several moose sightings (Colorado River Trail and Grand Lake entrance. Dress...  more »
  • Everyone talks about making this drive when visiting RMNP and for good reason: it's beautiful! So many twists and turns and pull-offs with gorgeous views. A few stops along the way even have restrooms...  more »
  • My husband and I went to Rocky Mountain national park for our anniversary and loved everything about it. It was absolutely gorgeous, we can't wait to go back.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 2nd time... Great views... Wear something warm
  • 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.