Lots of roads around Colorado are absolutely breathtaking, but it’s hard to find one that compares to Trail Ridge Road. A few may have a better view or two and a few may be less crowded, but as an overall driving experience, the 48 miles of Trail Ridge Road is pretty tough to beat.
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A full 11 miles of this drive travel above treeline, reaching a top altitude of 12,183 feet.
Trail Ridge Road connects Estes Park to Grand Lake, making it the highest continuous road in the United States.
The drive delivers panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, forested moraines, streams, and alpine tundra.
Trail Ridge Road crosses over the Continental Divide at 10,758 feet at a spot called Milner Pass.
From 1955 to 1991, there was a ski area off of Trail Ridge Road called Hidden Valley.
Whether you’re just stopping through Colorado on a visit or simply a local that hasn’t made it to Rocky Mountain National Park in awhile, Trail Ridge Road is one Colorado destination that shouldn’t be missed never be ignored.