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Trail Ridge Road: Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Ridge Road

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.

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Corridor Management

Special Considerations

  • 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
Trail Ridge Road

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Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517
Fall River Visitor Center (Open: Late Spring through mid-Fall.)
3450 Fall River Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
Kawuneeche Visitor Center
16018 US Highway 34
Grand Lake, CO 80447
Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222
Contact Us
  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    2829 W. Howard Pl.
    Denver, CO 80204

  • Colorado Tourism Office
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