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Address: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Nice Introduction To The Tundra

Rock Cut is at the high point of Trail Ridge Road, so the views are already great. However, the stroll along the paved trails provides vistas above the road giving one a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Colo-Mtn-Hiker
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Broomfield, CO
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Broomfield, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Rock Cut is at the high point of Trail Ridge Road, so the views are already great. However, the stroll along the paved trails provides vistas above the road giving one a perspective of where they have been driving from and to. This trail definitely goes on the list of the many short trails vacationers should take if they are... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Enjoyed the walk through the tundra. Saw several marmot and a pica. Easy with some elevation to interesting rock formations and beautiful views. Get out and enjoy the walk but please stay off the tundra.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Rock Cut Pull out is a great place to see the elusive Pika as well as marmot. And the chance to see Bighorn sheep which sometimes can be found at the mineral lick here.

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The paved short hike leads to long range mountain views that are comparable to the Swiss Alps. We saw a herd of 75 elk grazing on the mountain meadow across the valley at the base of another mountain. It felt like I was at the top of the world. There were a few voodoo formations that some were climbing for... More 

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

So cool to walk along the alpine tundra! Lots of ground squirrels and such, wildflowers were pretty. If you're on trail ridge road stop and stretch if you can find a place to park!

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Orland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great Views from Rock Cut. You feel like you are on top of the world! The trail is short, around 1 mile but it is steep and you feel short of breath due to being so high up. It is a little higher than 12,000 feet. Enjoyed the marmots playing. The wildflowers are so unbelievably beautiful. The views are so... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We stopped here during our drive on Trail Ridge road. This trail is a must do! It's short but amazing! Go early to avoid crowds and enjoy solitude. The views are stunning. We enjoyed watching the marmots watching us while they chomped on plants. The signs on the way were very informative. Love the mushroom shaped rocks. At the end... More 

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Pueblo West, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a wonderful area of Rocky Mountain National Park to view and photograph. I can't hike, but there were plenty of hikers. Many wildlife and nature photo opportunities. An abundance of Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, Deer, Birds, and little critters. This will be at least an annual visit. Try to take several days to see it all.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Beautiful trail with fantastic views of Trail Ridge Road. Very cool rock formations at the very top. Watch out for sudden storms, we were caught in a quick one, thank goodness there was no lightening.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This short trail is not to be missed. We are certainly glad that we stopped to hike this trail at the Rock Cut pullout near the crest of Trail Ridge Road. It is a breath-taking hike, literally. The length of the trail is just over 1 mile round trip. The surface of the trail is paved to protect the alpine... More 

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