Alpine Visitor Center
Alpine Visitor Center
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Gabrielle W
Mobile, AL392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was the best visitor center in the park, there's a pretty big gift shop and a cafe, which is nice if you are taking your time along Trail Ridge Road. Wish we had been able to go back again as they had many items in the store you couldn't find at other visitor centers. The overlooks around the center were closed due to snow but it's a must stop regardless.
Written June 15, 2021
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princessebird
Fort Worth, TX215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
You will likely stop here to go to the bathroom. The bathrooms are on the left side of the parking lot (vault style bathrooms). The visitors' center has a specified number of people allowed in at a time and Rangers are keeping it at that. The line was long so we didn't go in. The gift shop and cafe didn't have a limited number, but it had a one way path. Nice selection of stuff. Huffer's Hill was quite intense at the altitude, but the views were worth it. The majority of the people on the hill on a Monday afternoon were not wearing masks. It was more or less possible to stay six feet away, however.
Written August 1, 2020
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The building itself is closed for COVID, but the rangers stand outside and answer questions. There are nice restrooms. There is a short but steep hike right there with even better views. Lots of parking so that helps a lot, too.
Written July 7, 2020
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Anthony
New York City, NY1,007 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This visitor’s center is at the peak altitude of Trail Ridge Road. Aside from the usual visitor’s center, there is an adjacent store with a large selection of items and a cafe serving hot food and snacks. From the visitor’s center, there are nice views into a valley. Given the high altitude, take it easy and dress appropriately. When we visited in September, the plumbing had been turned off in preparation for the winter and hence only the vault toilets were available.
Written December 18, 2022
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sanju_222323
New Jersey16,199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Come stop by the highest Visitor Center in the United States! The Alpine Visitor Center makes a great stopping point and a great spot to stretch your legs. Traffic was very slowly turning into the parking lot, but once inside there was plenty of parking. You’ll find restrooms, a large gift shop, and a cafe. We sipped our coffee, overlooking a gorgeous view of RMNP

The panoramic views you’ll enjoy at the Alpine Visitor Center are sure to take your breath away. Even if a visitor center doesn’t usually make your list of stops, the convenient location of the Alpine Visitor Center near the heart of Rocky Mountain makes it the perfect detour for any guest itinerary.

If you’re feeling energetic you can take a long walk uphill to the Alpine Ridge Trail (We did not go).

Because of its location, the Alpine Visitor Center is not open year-round and has limited hours during the shoulder season
Written July 16, 2022
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Aimee R
Pekin, IL222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This drive includes spectacular views around every bend (on that note, I recommend medication for anyone that becomes nauseated by long car rides or twists and turns). Once you arrive at the top, there are restrooms (that you will likely want to avoid if possible), a visitor center with a ton of shopping options, snacks, and drinks. You also have the option of taking the steps up to the highest point. There are a large number of stairs and it is a high elevation so the walk/hike will not be for everyone.
Written July 2, 2021
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Brooke Hinkle
New York800 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Yeah, the concept of a 12,000 foot Visitor Center is awesome, and so were the views! But there are other visitor centers that are less crowded, and other bathrooms that don’t have a 25 minute wait. The highlight of this stop was huffer’s hill, a short but strenuous hike for sweeping views. I also enjoyed and recommend having a hot lunch at the Trail Ridge Store next to the visitor center.
Written July 26, 2021
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Kelly B
Iowa5,202 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Completely fogged in both times we drove through. They don’t open until 9:30, which includes the flushable restrooms. There was quite a crowd already at 8:45 a.m., so I was surprised they didn’t open anything until 9:30.
Written July 28, 2022
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Rob S
Boise, ID742 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The visitor center is a must to get your passport stamp, rather large gift shop that is much larger than the visitor center. Unless you really need to go to the bathroom, use a restroom at one of the pulloffs as the lines are long here. Head up the stairs for a great view and to take a picture with the 12,000 foot elevation sign. But take your time going up. I'm in great cardio vascular shape and live in a mountain state, tried to go up at my normal speed and had to slow way down about halfway up, the altitude is no joke
Written June 26, 2021
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Victoria N
Gateshead, UK3,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The views here were beautiful, however the parking is a nightmare! I visited for the first time recently from the UK. Visitors were literally battling for spaces, there simply weren't enough. There is a great gift store inside, restrooms and a few exhibits. Definitely a great place to stop if you can find a parking space!
Written August 29, 2022
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