Trail Ridge Road ~ RMNP


Trail Ridge Road is one of the most spectacular drives in all of Colorado, and ranks up there as one of the top in the world. Trail Ridge Road connects Estes Park, on the eastern side of the park with Grand Lake, on the western edge of the park.

At its highest point, Trail Ridge Road reaches 12,183 feet, giving it the distinction of being the highest continuously paved road in the United States. Wending through Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road provides panoramic views in every direction. In addition to spectacular mountain peaks and valleys, on most days, you’re also apt to see abundant wildlife (including elk), birds, and waterfalls.

Trail Ridge Road is typically open from late-May through mid-October, depending on the weather. Even after the road has opened for the season, however, it can close at times (in May, June, July, August, September, and October) because of bad weather. If the weather seems iffy, it’s a good idea to check the status of Trail Ridge Road before you set out on your journey.

Just because Trail Ridge Road closes, however, doesn’t mean that Rocky Mountain National Park closes. RMNP is open year-round, 365 days of the year, with easy access from Estes Park, Colorado and Grand Lake, Colorado.

At the crest of Trail Ridge Road, there’s an Alpine Visitor Center, which is well worth the stop.

Please note: Grand Lake and Estes Park are 46 miles apart, via Trail Ridge Road, which cuts through Rocky Mountain National Park.


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