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Trail Ridge Road

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Trail Ridge Road

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Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver

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Soak in the majestic beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park on a full-day hiking tour that departs from downtown Denver or Boulder. Leave the driving to a professional so you can enjoy views of Estes Park, and complete a moderate 4-mile (6.5-km) hike along one of the park’s most scenic trails. With a pace that's suitable for most fitness levels, you'll get plenty of exercise while still being able look for wildlife and stop to enjoy a packed picnic lunch.
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TravelingSoccerLoon wrote a review Sep 12
Saint Paul, Minnesota654 contributions246 helpful votes
Driving Trail Ridge Road is a thrilling and spectacular experience. 48 miles separate Estes Park from Grand Lake. It takes 90-120 minutes to drive factoring in making stops at the numerous overlooks. I think the best overlooks are Rainbow Curve, Forest Canyon, and Gore Range. You should also stop at the Alpine Visitor Center and walk the trail. Even better is the Tundra Communities Trail near Rock Cut. Look for the marmots providing entertainment on the south side of the road across from the parking spaces. The Milner Pass area was quite beautiful at sunset and I saw many elk in the area at this time of day. The western portion of the Road is good for moose spotting especially near the Green Mountain Trailhead. The best part of the drive is between Medicine Bow Curve and Rainbow Curve in the alpine tundra zone.
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Date of experience: September 2020
MyHumbleOpinion wrote a review Sep 7
Tulsa, Oklahoma340 contributions64 helpful votes
Breathtaking vistas! If you drive the entire way to the Grand Lake entrance you have to double back to entrances on the East side or it’s a 4 to 5 hour drive to get back to the Estes hotels.
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Date of experience: July 2020
EvBeE wrote a review Sep 6
Denver, Colorado162 contributions141 helpful votes
We drove from Grand Lake to Estes Park on September 1, 2020 and back again. It was a beautiful day. Make sure you take a warm jacket and even a wool hat as it can be cold and windy on top. Plenty of places to pull off and take in the views. Lots of bathrooms along the way. You also must make reservations for a Timed Entry Pass through Government.gov - find Rocky Mountain Park and get a pass! You won't be able to drive the road without it during Covid. Beautiful drive - well worth the trip. Well maintained road. Take your time and you will enjoy. We spent 8 hours going both ways, stopping along the way for views and short view hikes and spending 1.5 hours in Estes Park.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Travelin' Pam wrote a review Sep 4
Houston, Texas611 contributions227 helpful votes
No trip to Rocky Mountain National Park is complete without a drive along the Trail Ridge Road between Estes Park and Grand Lake. Stunning scenery is offered along with some heart-pumping "strolls" at the higher elevations. It makes for a great day to leisurely drive the Trail Ridge Road from Estes Park to Grand Lake (stopping in Grand Lake for lunch) before driving back to Estes Park. Of course, starting in Grand Lake and lunching in Estes Park works well, too. If you will be in the RMNP area for several days, try to choose a clear-sky day for your Trail Ridge Road trip--the vistas are absolutely stunning. Other considerations in choosing your day for the ride is the time of your timed entry and whether you will need a rest day between hiking days. TIP: During covid-era, it is important to reserve your timed-entry reservations as soon as you know your dates--DO THIS BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME IF POSSIBLE.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Natalia R wrote a review Sep 3
Breckenridge, Colorado38 contributions7 helpful votes
Fun drive! Been wanting to do this one for awhile. I finally got to experience it on 8/24/2020. The day that I went was pretty smoky from all of the wildfires in the state but you were still able to make out the views. The road did not seem that busy at all but maybe that was because of the reservation system that they had in place due to COVID. Driving near the top of this road was pretty terrifying but I would recommend to others! Lots of hiking trails along this road.
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Date of experience: August 2020