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Trail Ridge Road - Rocky Mountain National Park

Length: 48 miles. Driving time: 2 hours.

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For the most up-to-date information on the status of Trail Ridge Road call 970-586-1222.

Soaring to an elevation of 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road seems to leave the earth behind. It slices through the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, entering a world of rare alpine beauty. Distant peaks loom in all directions, while fragrant wildflowers blanket the tundra in mid-summer. Sharp-eyed observers can usually spy elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife traversing the meadows and crags. Higher than any paved through-road in the country, this cliff-hugging highway is as impressive for its engineering as for its stunning vistas. You can't find a road like this one anywhere outside of Colorado.

Trail Ridge Road was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as an All-American Road, the highest level of designation, in 1996.  It is one of eleven America’s Byways® designated in Colorado.

Nationally designated as an All-American Road
Numerous overlooks and short hiking trails
Rocky Mountain National Park
Visitors Center at Fall River Pass
47 properties and districts listed on the National Register

Local Chamber of Commerce(s):
Estes Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Special Considerations:

US 34 Eastbound / Westbound Trail Ridge Road Trail Ridge Road (Milemarker 25-59) Closed between Colorado River Trail Head and Many Parks Curve. Call 970-586-1222 for information. Normally opens by Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting. Seasonal closure began October, 27, 2011.

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Contact Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park CO 80517

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  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
    Shumate Building
    Denver, CO 80222

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