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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, The CVD
Trail Ridge Road, Colorado, The CVD
 

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.

Trail Ridge Road, Colorado, The CVD
Trail Ridge Road, Colorado, The CVD
 

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.

Trail Ridge Road, Colorado, The CVD
Continental Divide, Trail Ridge Road, Colorado, The CVD
 

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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Places to Stay & Fun things to Do

Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A charming village, an endless range of mountains, and Colorado's largest natural lake. Grand Lake is a mountain resort popular for its sunny days, low-key tempo, family-owned shops and fine restaurants.
Misty Mountain Lodge - Vacation Cabin Retreat link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A Family Vacation -- Estes Park is RIGHT HERE. Our Lodge Guests: It's so beautiful here -- a cabin retreat surrounded by trees, the river, spectacular misty mountain backdrop, it feels like you're in nature.
Pinebrook Vacation Rentals link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Vacation at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park, accommodating your budget from cozy rustic cabins hidden in the pines to exquisite mountain homes full of amenities. Some rentals are pet friendly.
Range Property Management Vacation Rentals email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Sit back and relax in Estes Park, Colorado. Our rentals: mountain cabins, homes, condos; Range Property Management is here for you. Give us the pleasure of helping you find your vacation dream.
Riverview Pines link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Cabins with deck and Room along Fall River meandering this well-maintained destination. Walk to downtown Estes Park. Bike path at the entrance. 3 miles to Rocky Mountain National Park. FREE WI-FI.

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Estes Park, Colorado includes: Drake

Grand Lake, Colorado includes: Granby, Ski Granby Ranch



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