Drive Rocky Mountain NP's Trail Ridge Road

    4.9

    Added by Joel Bear

    Take in breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains on one of the two raods in CO that allows you to drive up to the peaks. This is a photographer's paradise, especially at sunrise and sunset.

    Start by entering Rocky Mountain National Park through Estes Park, Colorado. After acquiring a map start your ascent on Trail Ridge Rd (the road is closed in winter). The Road will take you up in elevation into the mountains so a good car is strongly recommended.

    As you wind up the switch backs, the tree line will start to thin and you will come upon an overlook called Medicine Bow Curve which is an amazing view of the valley in the National Park. Its amazing place to stop and watch the clouds roll over the valley and see the winding rivers cut through the terrain. Continue up the road and it will take you over the pass / ridge. The view is spectacular, with snow caped mountains and big clouds. If you go in early June the mountains can still be heavily covered in snow which is breathtaking to behold.

    Continue driving up the road, it will take you through the mountain range and bring you out on the other side.We stayed up on the range till the sunset and then drove back down the way we came to Estes Park.Be aware of the snowmelt during the day that can rapidly turn to ice (or black ice) running over the winding road when the sun goes down and temperatures quickly drop below freezing.

    This is a must see to any visitor and local in Colorado.

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    ūü•áTop Contributor

    almost 4 years ago

    Awesome

    Awesome drive. Go in the evening or morning with a camera

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    ūü•áTop Contributor

    about 4 years ago

    Best in the autumn

    I often drive down here from Fort Collins after class just to get away for a while. Great in late summer and early fall to roll the windows down and cruise.

    ūü•ą Contributor

    over 4 years ago

    So much to photograph!

    Amazing views with lots of pull offs to take in the scenery. Had a good opportunity to see wildlife as well, including elk, deer, and moose!

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