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Trail Ridge Road

The so-called 'highway to the sky' is a kind of true inspiration

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Trail Ridge Road is a stretch of U.S. Highway 34 that goes through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park, Colorado, to Grand Lake, Colorado. It is also called The Beaver Meadow National Scenic Byway. Trail Ridge Road is closed during the winter season due to snow and is available from June to October contingent on whether the weather conditions will allow the road to be usable and safe

Trail Ridge Road features many scenic mountain peaks, such as Longs Peak, Pagoda Peak, Chief's Head and Mount Terra Tomah raising over 3,700 m (12,000 feet) above sea level. The road starts at Kawuneeche Visitor Center at the park's Grand Lake Entrance, then follows the North Fork of the Colorado River north, crossing the Kawuneeche Valley. Drivers pass the Continental Divide at Milner Pass 10,758 ft (3,279 m), Fall River Pass,11,796 ft (3,595 m), and Iceberg Pass, 11,827 ft (3,605 m), which is the highest point of the highway.

Trail Ridge Road was built in the 1930s, offering visitors of Rocky Mountain National Park access to breathtaking views, great wildlife sightings, alpine meadows with wildflowers, alpine tundra and subalpine forests of fir and spruce. Keep in mind that it's more windy and colder at high elevations all year round so take some warmer clothes if you decide to take a walk.

Check the updates on the road condition and closing dates on the NPS website.

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