Stunning Vistas and Wildlife Spotting in Colorado’s Trail Ridge Road

Trail Ridge Road – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Estes Park With more than eight miles lying above 11,000 feet

Trail Ridge Road—Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
The sweeping views from the nation’s highest mountain road show the Colorado Rockies in all their splendor. Completed in 1938, this spectacular section of U.S. Hwy. 34 crosses the Continental Divide.

Trail Ridge Road – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Estes Park

With more than eight miles lying above 11,000 feet and a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet, this scenic route, which crosses the U.S. Continental Divide, is the highest continuous paved road in the nation.

Cutting through Rocky Mountain National Park, it provides a spectacular view of majestic mountain peaks, deep gorges, and rocky cliffs. In spring and summer fields of alpine wildflowers appear on the tundra above the timber line; vibrant fall colors contrast with pine trees bordering rocky outcroppings and dark-shadowed lakes. Wildlife abounds throughout the year. There is always a chance sighting of moose or bighorn sheep, or spotting smaller denizens of the forests in river valleys near the highway. Clean air and quiet stillness are bonus attractions, along with the park’s excellent recreational facilities.

Open Memorial Day– mid-Oct.; park open year-round. Admission charged.

www.nps.gov/romo

(970) 586-1206

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest