Road Trip at High Altitude in Rocky Mountain National Park

Get your outdoor adventure fix with a journey across the continent's highest paved road.

For a memorable and scenic Colorado drive, there’s no better route to traverse than Trail Ridge Road, which cuts through Rocky Mountain National Park. Winding 48 miles from the east entrance of Estes Park to Grand Lake, the journey offers up breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks along the Continental Divide as well as the most sensory-pleasing route from the Denver Metro area to the playground of Grand County. Thrill seekers often line up to be some of the first to conquer the highest-paved road in the Continental USA, the highest point reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet.

Traditionally, TRR opens up to cars after Memorial Day when the threat of big snowstorms has diminished, and closes again in late October. But all summer long the potential for exceptional mountain scenery and wildlife spotting is endless. Elk, marmots, moose, or even bighorn sheep are a few of the popular wildlife you might see on your trip. For those with restless passengers, TRR is the perfect drive for the guessing game “I Spy” to keep kids busy all the way through the park.

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Photo Credit: Visit Colorado, Lisa Seaman Photography