Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Must see · Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
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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. 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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  • This road will basically lead you all the way through out the park from the south entrance to the east entrance. There are plenty of places to pull off and take in the scenery and/or start your... 
    This road will basically lead you all the way through out the park from the south entrance to the east entrance. There are plenty of places to pull off and take in the scenery and/or start your...  more »
  • The drive was incredible and we even saw deer and elk along the way. I will admit that I was nervous about the switch backs and the altitude but we took our time and enjoyed the scenery. Expect... 
    The drive was incredible and we even saw deer and elk along the way. I will admit that I was nervous about the switch backs and the altitude but we took our time and enjoyed the scenery. Expect...  more »
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  • At the moment, April 5, Trail Ridge Road is closed. Although they always anticipate opening it by Memorial Day, there is no guarantee! It can even open briefly, then need to be closed again if another storm blows in. As we say, "Only the weather gods know... and they ain't talking!" Other roads within the park are open.
  • I’ve been here many times as I literally live just up the road from Estes Park. It’s fantastic to drive Trail Ridge! The views are amazing. You are literally on top of the world!! The one thing I would recommend is to check weather and road conditions ahead of time. The mountain weather is ever changing.

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