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Trail Ridge Road

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Driving this road is one of the wonders of the world! With no effort on your part, you can then hike one of the many trails that start on the road, and be surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and tundra flowers. Absolutely beautiful. Go visit...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank bikerMary
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Trail Ridge Road thru Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most beautiful roads in the USA. The road takes you thru Alpine like mountains , with wild life on the side of the road. There was a park ranger at one of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank berk613
Reviewed November 10, 2018

a beautiful drive in the park that takes you above the tree line. Sometimes it can get crowded but still worth the drive. Just take it slow and enjoy the frequent turn offs to stop and take in the majesty of the mountains.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Dianne W
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Trail Ridge Road did not have a lot of traffic on the road itself, but all scenic pull offs and rest areas were jammed with people, and this was in September after kids had gone back to school. I shudder to think what it's like...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

We drove the impressive Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in late September 2018 during a memorable road trip through the U.S. Southwest. We began the scenic fifty mile drive from Estes Park after breakfast and over the course of about a three...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Canadianstraveling
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Trail ridge Road is a seasonal road. It closes for the Winter. Currently it is temporarily closed for weather. At some point this Fall, it will close for the winter. The road does reach 12,000 feet. The park describes it as a thrilling ride with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank photoguywisconsin
Reviewed October 21, 2018

We drove Trail Ridge Road from West side to Estes Park. A very scenic drive reaching an elevation of over 12000'. Leaves were at peak in some areas, very beautiful. Seen lots of Elk and several Deer.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

The countless beautiful views you see on this trail are amazing!! The Elk were out when we were there in September, something I've never seen before.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Took the drive from Denver to Rocky Mountains National park. Did not know were we were going, just got in the car and drove towards the park. And what a drive. SO beautiful and stunning nature. Just a couple of hours drive away from the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank nougatk
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Trail Ridge Road was on our itinerary, and from the Trip Advisor forum, we were encouraged to pick a clear, sunny day if possible. Originally we planned to make it an all-day road trip to Grand Lake, but due to changing weather later in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Mindysue852
December 20, 2018|
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Response from fv1989 | Reviewed this property |
The scenery from Grand Lake over Berthoud Pass to I-70 and back to Denver is very nice. There is no reason to backtrack over Trail Ridge Road. I-70 from Denver all the way to Grand Junction may be the most scenic... More
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ZachV46
December 19, 2018|
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Response from photoguywisconsin | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it matters. You'll find that the Western side will be quieter. One other consideration should be what's happening with the weather. Typically June should be fine. I think you'll find more motel and eating... More
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carterelizabeth
I will only have a car for one day (Oct 1) and will be attending a concert that evening at Red Rocks. Is it too ambitious to plan a day trip to the mountains before that event? I have pondered Pike's Peak and Trail Ridge Rd (since Mt Evans road is closed, I liked it because it's much closer to Denver). Both of the others seem to be 2 hours from Denver. Is it realistic that I could maybe do the Trail Ridge Road and circle back through Grand Lake and Winter Park on the way to Red Rocks by 5-6pm? I am really worried about road closures and getting "trapped" so far away and having to turn back. Should I stick to Pike's Peak where it is likely a 4 hour round trip and maybe hit up Garden of the Gods also if there is time? I mainly want some views, maybe fall foliage, and possible wildlife. Everyone says RMNP is the way to go but I worry about my lack of time.
September 24, 2018|
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Response from fv1989 | Reviewed this property |
This question has been answered numerous times on the TripAdvisor Colorado Forum which is a much better place to get information than these Q&A sections under reviews. On the forum, there are map links for this trip as well... More
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Hali
Toronto, Canada
Tail Ridge Road from Downtown Estes Park and back (1 Replies)
I am staying in downtown Estes Park and want to drive Trail Ridge Road. I don't want to drive it back again in the opposite direction. Is the a route that does a loop. Can you give me directions and approx. how long it would take. I am good with a 8-10 hour day. Can you tell me the must sees as well. Will there be time for short hikes. Which ones are best. Thanks.
July 16, 2012|
Response fromfv1989|
Immediately to your right in Top Questions, see the last question. Your other option does require some backtracking on TRR. You can drive Old Fall River Road to the Alpine Visitor Center, TRR to Grand Lake and then backtrack to the Alpine VC and take TRR from the Alpine VC back to Estes. You do not want to miss the section of TRR between Estes and Alpine VC as the most dramatic views are on that section. Old Fall River Road is a winding, one way dirt road. It is very driveable but driving on...More
MarianReader
Mesa, Arizona
Flooding? (8 Replies)
I really appreciate the updates on the plowing of Trail Ridge Road as we plan to take it on June 24th. I am also concerned about flooding - someone already mentioned floods in Steamboat Springs. How about Estes Park and Glenwood Canyon? Any websites to check?
June 02, 2011|
Response fromfv1989|
You know if you post your question closer to time for your trip, the folks here on TA will give you up to date information. New way to spell rafting I see above in my post. I can tell you the town of Estes Park has been storing sand bags and local insurance agents are suggesting folks near rivers get or update their flood insurance. From talking to locals in Estes Park, they are taking it in stride and not expecting major flooding.
Wonsild
Copenhagen, Denmark
Enter from Grand Lake or Estes Park? (9 Replies)
We are a family of 4 travelling to RMNP from Denmark for the first time. We only have a few days there but are planning to drive the Trail Ridge Road one-way. We will have one evening/night on each side - and are heading north towards Cody afterwards so it doesn't matter whether we end on the east or west side of the Trail Ridge Road. For best chances of seeing animals, should we enter from Grand Lake Side or Estes Park (we are early-birds...so no problem in getting up early :-)).
November 14, 2017|
Response fromWonsild|
Just need to mention we are travelling end-June 2018...so the tourist masses may also affect what will be best to do...