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Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway

 

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Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway near Drake, Estes Park, Granby, Grand Lake, Ski Granby Ranch

Every year, it takes an average of 42 days to plow Trail Ridge Road, at a cost of more than $30,000, but most people would agree the effort is well worth it.

Trail Ridge Road, Colorado Vacation Directory
Chasm Falls along Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway
Wildlife along Trail Ridge Road, Colorado Vacation Directory
Trail Ridge Road is known for its Wildlife Viewing

 

The 48-mile stretch of road has been one of Colorado's most popular routes since it opened in 1938, and it's easy to see why. Traveling the scenic byway, visitors get a taste of the variety that makes up the Rocky Mountains. Travelers go from mild, warm temperatures to cold, frigid ones in a matter of minutes. Wildlife changes from elk and deer to marmots and bighorn sheep as the road climbs higher. And green forests give way to rocky tundra with each passing mile.

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Hike the Continental Divide
Trail Ridge Road, Colorado Vacation Directory
Trail Ridge Road is the Highest Continous Highway

 

The 48-mile stretch of road has been one of Colorado's most popular routes since it opened in 1938, and it's easy to see why. Traveling the scenic byway, visitors get a taste of the variety that makes up the Rocky Mountains. Travelers go from mild, warm temperatures to cold, frigid ones in a matter of minutes. Wildlife changes from elk and deer to marmots and bighorn sheep as the road climbs higher. And green forests give way to rocky tundra with each passing mile.

The road, with 11 miles over 11,000 feet in elevation, holds the honor of America's highest continuous highway. It reaches its peak at 12,183 feet, well above the 11,500 foot timberline, where trees end. From Trail Ridge's breathtaking heights, visitors can sometimes see as far as Wyoming.

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Take a Family Hike on the Tundra World Nature Trail
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Milner Pass Crosses the Continental Divide

 

The road, which takes about three hours to complete, offers plenty to do along the way, too. At Milner Pass, it crosses the Continental Divide, where stream flows are separated east from west. And visitors can take the half hour Tundra World Nature Trail from the Rock Cut parking area to get a closer look at the plant life. At night, sky gazing is a popular past time on Trail Ridge Road, as there are no city lights to compete with the stars.

Trail Ridge Road is only open from about Memorial Day to mid-October, though, so visitors should plan accordingly.

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