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Trail Ridge Road

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Reviewed 17 December 2018

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 14 November 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 10 November 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 6 November 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
1  Thank Easytravels53449
Reviewed 29 October 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 25 October 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 21 October 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
2  Thank webbfoot
Reviewed 17 October 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 15 October 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 15 October 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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20 December 2018|
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
20 December 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
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.
25 September 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