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Estes Park, Colorado

Trail Ridge Road

Originally added by Brock DeHaven

-Amazing views of the only fourteener in the park, Longs Peak-Wildflowers, Waterfalls-Abundance of wildlife including Big Horn Sheep and Elk-Choice to get off an explore at one of the dozens of outlooks and hikes along the road

Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in North America, peaking at an incredible 12,183 feet. From Estes Park, take either US 34 or 36 (they merge west of park headquarters) and follow the signs for Trail Ridge Road. Once along the road you steadily climb nearly 4,000 feet along a route of 24 miles (one way) to Grand Lake. During this time you will be able to take advantage of the dozens of outcroppings and hikes alongside the road to explore all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. You will experience an array of landscapes, from marshlands, to snowcapped peaks, to alpine forests and aspen groves. Keep an eye out for elk and big horn sheep which readily occupy the valleys adjacent to the road. The photo opportunities are endless, with wildflowers covering the landscaping and the sweeping views alongside the road at all times. You can go all the way to Grand Lake or stop and turn around when ever you feel.

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Cycling
Chillin
Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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