Trail Ridge Road

MODERATE 16 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 nature trips, birding, and scenic driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
39.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4209 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

nature trips

scenic driving

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

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

scenic driving
2 hours ago

scenic driving
27 days ago

28 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Outstanding drive.

2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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.

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
2 months ago

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
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

snowshoeing
Wednesday, January 13, 2016