Trail Ridge Road

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Trail Ridge Road 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 road biking and scenic driving and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
39.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,891 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

road biking

scenic driving

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

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

5 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! ,

scenic driving
13 days ago

This is a trip I take most new comers to experiencing Colorado... The view is breath taking

scenic driving
19 days ago

This was the best high altitude road I have been on. Amazing views and stunning wildlife. Hands down the best route you can take!!

22 days ago

Out of all the places I’ve been, I have never seen a place more beautiful than this one. Road crests just over 12,000 ft. Anyone and everyone needs to come here!

1 month ago

Gorgeous. Just on this road and didn't think it was as crowded as everyone said. I think we hit the right time of year. Anyway, stunning views, smooth roads, great park rangers, lots of trails and breathtaking mountains. Almost heaven.

2 months ago

Beautiful! Go early and beat the crowds!

nature trips
2 months ago

I have traveled this scenic road many times and never get bored with the colorful valleys and meadows, and the rugged mountains of the Colorado Rockies. There are a number of pull-offs and parking areas to give you the opportunity to capture your best photo of the wildlife and majesty of the Rocky Mountains. Some of the areas offer hiking trails too. I’ve run into sunny weather conditions at the start, and stormy, snowy, rainy weather at the top. The Trail Ridge store and concession at the top are good for relaxing and seeing the mountains, and there is a natural history museum as well. .

off road driving
5 months ago

Was able to experience every season on the drive up. Beautiful scenery. Easy drive

scenic driving
9 months ago

The highest paved road in America and it did not disappoint! We drove it from Estes to Grand Lake, and took a few hikes over the course of the drive that were absolutely gorgeous. We made it right before closing (end of August), and encountered quite a few changes in weather along the drive. A definite must see!

scenic driving
9 months ago

The TRR runs from Estes Park to Grand Lake, with truly spectacular scenery, wonderful overlooks and amazing trails its entire length...plus abundant wildlife (we saw lots of elk, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes and marmots). It is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, with a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet. Eleven miles of the highway travel above the tree line. The weather can be very dramatic and change quite rapidly at the top, as it did during our late July visit.

9 months ago

Do you want to drive on top of the world? Then take this road and kiss the sky.

scenic driving
10 months ago

10 months ago

If you're not into getting out of the car and just like looking at some amazing things, definitely something to put on your list.

scenic driving
11 months ago

The Trail Ridge Road is a must do in Rocky Mountain National Park. Whenever possible, get an early start on a week day. We were able to find parking at all of the viewpoints. We started on the east side and hit the Many Parks Curve Overlook as the sun was rising. We saw lots of Pikas and Marmots on the Tundra Community Trail or Toll Memorial Trail (which ever name you use). Moose were spot in the Kawuneeche Valley on the far west end.

scenic driving
11 months ago

Outstanding drive.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Incredible drive! We stopped and took several different hikes and were not disappointed once. Many places to pull over and take in the views. We saw so much wildlife along this road including elk, gophers, moose, fox, and mule deer. Just amazing! Best to start very early in the morning if you'd like to spot wildlife.

scenic driving
Sunday, July 30, 2017

A RMNP must-do. Great views and so much diversity! That said, do yourself a favor and get out of the car and experience some of the hikes in the park (and not just the

scenic driving
Friday, July 28, 2017

This is a beautiful scenic drive. Great views, lots of pull offs for pictures and picnics. Many trails long and short to hike on on your way to the top. Tons of elk and a few longhorn sheep. You may want to bring a light jacket as the temperature drops in the higher elevations. Do not count on going to the visitor center at the top as the Old Fall River Road is open now, and it is a one way road that empties into the parking lot there to exit. We were told to turn around and go back. I am sure it is not that way all day but you should keep that in mind if you are planning to stop there. We have taken visitors there in June and July. It is a definite go to.

Monday, July 24, 2017

What an amazing drive it was! We totally loved it! We spotted some elks and big horn sheep as well. We went there in July and almost spent the whole day sight seeing and hiking. I would suggest you to take a warm jacket along as it gets cold in the evening, else you will end up buying one from the visitors center!

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One of the most beautiful scenic drives in the country by far taking you high up into the Rocky Mountains with lots of pull-offs where you can take a nice stroll among the open expansive mountainsides with snow-capped peaks all around. Keep an eye out for elk pretty much anywhere along the drive and if you're lucky you can spot bighorn sheep up by the Rock Cut pull-off. Drive slow and stay on the trails to preserve the precious high elevation landscapes!!

scenic driving
Saturday, July 01, 2017

My wife and I drove this in the fall of 2016. I had been over this pass several times before. It's an incredible drive. Great road and lots of places to pull out and check out the view. We saw elk along side the road the first day we drove to the pass. We went back down to Estes Park after that day drive, and then we did go all the way over to Grand Lake when we left Estes Park a few days later. Stopped at Poudre lake and saw an eagle fly over while we were there. Pretty cool. Nice visitors center at the top of the pass also. Worth walking thru. Whether you are going all the way over the pass or just up and back down to Estes, this is a must do when in RMNP. This is the highest continuous paved road in the United Sates.

scenic driving
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Even though it was a drive, best trail I've ever been on! The views will leave you breathless, and the drive will have you on your toes! Definitely a must do if you live in Colorado.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

We ride out bikes over TRR every May before it is open to cars. Fabulous

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

One of the most breathtaking drives in America. Lots of great vistas and, depending on the season, elk, moose, bighorn sheep. There are also mountain lion and black bear, so if hiking, be vigilant. This year will be our seventh year out of eight to visit and hike the park.

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