Trail Ridge Road: Rocky Mountain National Park
- Northeastern (Region 4)
Length: 48 miles.
Driving time: 2 hours
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 11 America's Byways® designated areas in Colorado.
Lariat Loop has been Designated as a National Scenic Byway. It is one of 11 America's Byways® designated in Colorado.
- My ScenicDrives Road Trip Map
- 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(s) of Commerce
- US 34 Eastbound/Westbound Trail Ridge Road Trail Ridge Road (mile post 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. Learn more at www.cotrip.org
- Program Contacts
- Lenore C. Bates
Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
Denver, CO 80222
- Colorado Tourism Office
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