Designated a National Scenic Byway
Length: 48 miles
Driving time: 2 hours.
Open: Closed in Winter
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. 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.
Main Towns: Estes Park, Grand Lake, Granby
- Numerous overlooks and short hiking trails
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Visitor Center at Fall River Pass
- Fall River Visitors Center
- Open from about Memorial day through mid-October
- Highest continuously paved through road in North America
- Beaver Meadows Visitor Center – Natl Historic Landmark
Wild Life & Nature: White-tailed ptarmigan, elk, big horn sheep, deer
Late July is a wildflower blooming paradise with alpine sunflower, alpine, and forget-me-nots.