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Trail Ridge Road [CLOSED] is a 39 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, road biking, and scenic driving and is best used from May until October.

Length 39.0 mi Elevation gain 3,891 ft Route type Point to Point
Nature trips Road biking Scenic driving Forest Lake Paved River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Closed Historic site Fee No dogs
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Note: due to the start of Cameron Peak fire, on August 14, 2020, this trail is temporarily closed. Find more info here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964/ Rocky Mountain National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. It is open to vehicle traffic roughly from Memorial Day weekend in May through Columbus Day in October. Temporary closings may occur in early June or late fall because of snow. Occasionally it opens earlier in May. Average close date is October 23 (latest close date Dec. 2, 1933) when the Park Service gives up fighting the snow and turns the road back to Mother Nature for the winter. During winter it is closed between Many Parks Curve and the Colorado River Trailhead. Call (970) 586-1222 for the latest Park recording of the status of the road.

General RNMP questions: (970) 586-1206 Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222

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Blake Riley
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Scenic driving

10/8/20: Beautiful drive

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Grant Huff
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Awesome drive! Saw moose near Grand Lake entrance at daybreak.

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Lisa DuVernay
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Spectacular drive and a must do. Layer up as u ascend the scenic look outa get chilly

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Renae Hammonds
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful road to travel and explore the RMNP, many great trails inside the park and a ton of wildlife to watch. Climb to the summit and take in the amazing, beautiful views. We went at sunset and it was gorgeous.

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Brad Dubis
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Road biking
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Mike Blau
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Kendra Peters
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Scenic driving

Always a beautiful drive. Make sure to do Old Fall River too (especially if Trail Ridge makes you a little nervous).

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Anna Pool
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Hiking

Gorgeous drive through the park. Lots of animals out in the evenings.

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Thaddeus Eason
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Fantastic drive through the park. Trees, wildflowers, snow, stunning views this one has it all. We also saw several elk in velvet.

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Shelley Stotz
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This was my favorite drive through the park. Breathtaking views and I’ve never been on a road that high. We went the first day the park was reopened. See the drive firsthand from the video we made: https://youtu.be/ey2avHc3DjY

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Amaya Landa
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Unbelievably beautiful - Trail Ridge Road is another “can’t miss” in Colorado. Easy drive through the Rocky Mountains. My advice.. go early in the morning to avoid traffic and afternoon thunderstorms. Take a jacket with you and be prepared for temperature drops of 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to Covid 19, a timed entry permit or camping reservation is required to enter all areas of Rocky Mountain National Park—including this scenic drive— in a private vehicle between the hours of 6 am and 5 pm. Enjoy!

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Randy Wyman
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Chatles Cronin
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Hiking

It’s a must Drive if in the Estes area! Unbelievable views. Such a great scenic drive following a day of hiking. Most definitely “insta” worthy!

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Jennifer Kuehn
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Hiking

Beautiful drive!

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Joe Rizzo
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Hiking

Views are great and a good way for my elderly mother to see the park without having to hike miles at a tims.

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Caroline Parker
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Hiking

Incredible drive! Was able to get some great pictures at the pullouts. I highly recommend Irene Lake Picnic Area (not crowded with a great short hike to lake and scenic overlook) and Beaver Creek (no one else stopped but me - got to see a large herd of elk!!). Entire thing took me about 5 hrs with stops at visitor centers and 3 hikes off of the road. Would absolutely do this again!

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Francie Bustamante
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Hiking

Beautiful drive! Road was still open all the way through. Saw some elk. Went mid-week so not a ton of traffic.

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Yang Xu
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Saw Elk Moose and Deer along the road.

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Bridget Gladman
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Hiking

It was ok, probably would not do it again.

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Lisa Merck
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Hiking

My not going to lie but that drive was a little intense for me. Don’t get me wrong, the drive was well worth the views. Utterly amazing drive and views. It’s a must do!!

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Jessica Ferguson
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This is a great scenic drive for anyone who want to see the views but not do an intense hike. There are plenty of scenic places to stop and get pictures. Would even be good for someone who is unable to be active.

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Lisa Merck
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We visited in early August, there was light traffic. It’s an amazing scenic drive with many many overlooks where you’d see wildlife and stunning views. We drove to grand lake and spent the day walk around the shops and having lunch then headed back to view the trail from another angle. As the driver, I had a little white knuckling and sweaty palms going on...but well worth the drive.

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Steve Pelton
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Scenic driving

If you're in RMNP, this is a must-do outing. It'll take the better part of a day, but it's worth it. We drove all the way across the Continental Divide, and hiked around some of the headwaters of the Colorado River. It's a great road to take!

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Ryan Stone
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Lucy Nguyen
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Scenic driving

Beautiful drive, definitely recommend it. Go to Alpine visitor center and hike up to the summit, beautiful views!

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Oleg Yarishkin
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Scenic driving

Beautiful drive!

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Sonali Mathure
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Scenic driving

We went on trail ridge road on Friday June 21 in the afternoon and it was just amazing weather! From the minute we drove in past the entrance, we were greeted with many animals. Elk grazing and relaxing in a vast open field, a moose right off the side of the rode grazing on grass, sheep down by the water and lots of elk with big antlers crossing the road. Be very careful while driving as deer and elk come out of no where! The views from trail ridge road were just amazing. Last tip: if you need or want, you can buy a national park pass at the gate for $70 good for a year and $10 cheaper than online!

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Andrew Lamour
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Scenic driving

Great drive through the mountains! Plan accordingly for your trip as the road is only open during the summer months.

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Rusty Landon
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Scenic driving

Very nice drive

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