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TIP: Cyclists-and drivers-taking on the
challenge of Trail Ridge Road discover amazing
views, such as the one pictured here.

NATIONAL PARK
From Memorial Day through midOctober, the alpine tundra is accessible
to visitors traversing the breathtaking,
high-elevation National Scenic Byway
from Estes Park on the east side of
the national park to Grand Lake on the
west. Trail Ridge Road is the highest
continuous paved highway in North
America, climbing to 12,183 feet. Inside
the national park, it covers 48 miles,
slicing through multiple ecosystems,
including the treeless landscape
defined by brilliant wildflowers. Wind
and cooler temperatures greet you at
the top, but it is the scenery that really
takes your breath away. Take your
time, pulling over at interpretive signs
to learn more about the national park
and its history. In winter, the road's
higher sections are closed, but drivers
can take in gorgeous views of the park
from the overlook near the closing
point. Many outdoor enthusiasts hike
or cross-country ski beyond the gate,
just one of the winter secrets locals
love to enjoy.

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Clockwise from top: courtesy of Alan Shadduck, courtesy of James Frank, courtesy of Alan Shadduck

TRAIL RIDGE ROAD

TIP: During summer months and weekends all year, trailhead lots and parking areas can fill up before 8 a.m.,
so plan your outing accordingly. The park's busiest times are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Use the national park's
shuttles, leaving from the Estes Park Visitor Center, to avoid parking congestion.


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