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. 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 winds through the Rocky Mountains and offers many scenic views and the chance of seeing wildlife like deer, foxes etc.. It is recommended to stop and on the various parking facilities (short) trails to run to be able to enjoy even more of the nature. Make sure you always have warm clothes, because at the very top is blowing it's usually pretty and it's pretty cold.
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  • This road is only open a few months out of the year, but it is worth the drive. Depending on what time of year you drive it you can see tons of wildlife (we saw a herd of about 75 elk), or towering sn...  more »
  • You can see many of Rocky Mountain National Park's highlights by driving along Trail Ridge Road. Much of Trail Ridge Road follows the trail once used by the Ute and other Native American tribes. The r...  more »
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  • If traveling through Estes Park or nearby, and taking a tour through Rocky Mountain National Park isnsqeezable into your schedule, this is a scenic and diverse drive that shows most of what RMNP represents. In the summer expect herds of elk in lush, wildflower painted valleys, and roaring rivers and streams. As you ascend, encounter snowbanks and 360 summit views. If travelling in the spring, an unexpected, sometimes turbulent rainstorm wouldn't be unlikely, but they're usually quick to pass. Highly recommend to drive at least once.
  • A drive on Trail Ridge Road is a highlight when visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. If you are not a hiker, it is the best way to see some spectacular scenery without having to hoof it. There are some trailheads off the road if you want to get out and stretch your legs.
  • One of the best drives (or rides if you are a cyclist) in the country. Saw a herd of elk and countless marmot. If you do any hiking above treeline don't forget to stay on designated trails to keep from damaging the delicate Alpine tundra. Bring a jacket and a camera!
  • Spectacular. Air is crazy thin up here. Take your time and get out of the car to take photos and go for walks. Worth a day.
  • Beautiful drive, the changing scenery on the drive up, as well as the summit, were worth the time it takes to get up there! Call ahead to make sure Trail Ridge Road is open.

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Where to stay in Rocky Mountain National Park

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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