Trail Ridge Road
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  • Aln357
    Anacoco, Louisiana1,511 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it
    I was a little hesitant when it was $30 per vehicle to enter the national park that contains this drive, but after driving through it it was totally worth it. We traveled in late May and there was still snow in the past. I do recommend being all the way to the top of the mountain before 5:00 p.m. because you can buy hot chocolate at a gift shop. Very enjoyable trip. We saw four moose, elk, and mule deer. Excellent drive.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Susan M
    Pennington, New Jersey67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exciting Views, Worth the Drive
    Trail Ridge Road is great fun to drive on. We went the day it opened for the season. There was still snow everywhere! Amazing views at every crazy hairpin turn. Lots of spaces to pull off and enjoy the view. Bring a sweater if you plan to get out of the car. It was 70 degrees in Estes Park and 45 degrees at the Alpine Visitor Center!! We went all the way to the Continental Divide, where water on either side drains to the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. Great photo spot.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • ashley
    Hermitage, Arkansas21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature trail!
    This is an amazing trail. When cloudy or stormy however visibility is almost nonexistent! Also we thought reservations were a must. The only time slot was 4pm so we waited. We later found out by park staff we could have came before 9am and not needed a reservation. Also we were able to get into the park earlier than our time just could not go into bear lake until our time slot!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Aaron Ross
    136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing.
    My wife and I entered the road from the west side and went as far as the visitor's center, which is about half of the road. We did a few hikes early on, and then drove up to the top. It is a bit of a scary drive, with narrow roads, sharp switchbacks, no guardrails, and the temptation to look at the stunning views - but take it slow and there are plenty of places to stop and admire nature. An absolute must-do.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Gretz
    43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thrilling, nervy at times, a must do.
    Let me start with the how you feel at the end of the drive first: nerves shot but also a big sense of accomplishment, and joy. I drove up pikes peak 10 years prior, which I recall being nervy at times, but also prior to 3 kids. On our (myself, wife, and 6,8,10 yr old) trip from Estes Park to the Alpine VC, there were views that I would consider absolute must sees. Which leads me to my point, if you consider yourself a good, tenured driver and can trust that this is simply keeping two hands on a wheel and going the speed limit, probably 5 mph below at the hairpin, no guardrail areas, which of there are only a few, then you will be just fine. Also, it is fun to describe the experience to family and friends. Just do it and have a cocktail later.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Bob
    Chardon, Ohio1,877 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once of best scenic drives anywhere
    We did the trail ridge road in the early afternoon once the timed entry period ended. There was still plenty of time to enjoy the views and stop a few places. We went back the next day and explored places we missed the day before. Watch the time at the high altitude - affects some people. No cell service so your map will not work either. It is a must do at the park
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
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Sarnia, Canada68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Make sure you know about the timed entry permit system , be prepared to pay $30, and check for road closure ( depending on the time of year). We were visiting at the end of September so we had to be careful that the road was going to be open. It closed for a few hours the week before we arrived but we were blessed with unusually warm weather. We went to Beaver meadows entry station around 8:10am and it was a 10 minute wait to enter. The road is well paved and with good visibility it was not dangerous or concerning in any way. We were able to park at all the places we chose to stop although some were getting busy.
The views of the mountain ranges are beautiful but my favourite stop was the Tundra Community Trail near the Rock Cut. This short trail was difficult for me as I was feeling wobbly due to the altitude but I loved the bleak, exposed landscape. It was pretty chilly up there too! Bring warm clothes. Alpine Visitor Centre is a a great stop with good views, nice merchandise, a cafe, rest rooms etc. We reached the Colorado River Trailhead around 12:30pm where we had a picnic and a walk along the river before heading to GrandLake.
Written 10 October 2023
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Bob
Chardon, OH1,877 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We did the trail ridge road in the early afternoon once the timed entry period ended. There was still plenty of time to enjoy the views and stop a few places. We went back the next day and explored places we missed the day before. Watch the time at the high altitude - affects some people. No cell service so your map will not work either.

It is a must do at the park
Written 12 September 2023
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Each of the pull offs has something else worth seeing along this two-way road--views, lava flows, marmots, picas, alluvial fan views, diverse elevations, and more.
Written 22 August 2023
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Gretz
43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Let me start with the how you feel at the end of the drive first: nerves shot but also a big sense of accomplishment, and joy. I drove up pikes peak 10 years prior, which I recall being nervy at times, but also prior to 3 kids. On our (myself, wife, and 6,8,10 yr old) trip from Estes Park to the Alpine VC, there were views that I would consider absolute must sees. Which leads me to my point, if you consider yourself a good, tenured driver and can trust that this is simply keeping two hands on a wheel and going the speed limit, probably 5 mph below at the hairpin, no guardrail areas, which of there are only a few, then you will be just fine. Also, it is fun to describe the experience to family and friends. Just do it and have a cocktail later.
Written 15 August 2023
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Roberto
Sao Paulo, SP367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The most spectacular attraction in Rocky Mountain National Park. Not suitable for everyone, though. Views are breathtaking. We went all the way to the alpine center.
Written 21 July 2023
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Aaron Ross
136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
My wife and I entered the road from the west side and went as far as the visitor's center, which is about half of the road. We did a few hikes early on, and then drove up to the top. It is a bit of a scary drive, with narrow roads, sharp switchbacks, no guardrails, and the temptation to look at the stunning views - but take it slow and there are plenty of places to stop and admire nature. An absolute must-do.
Written 17 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ashley
Hermitage, AR21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is an amazing trail. When cloudy or stormy however visibility is almost nonexistent! Also we thought reservations were a must. The only time slot was 4pm so we waited. We later found out by park staff we could have came before 9am and not needed a reservation. Also we were able to get into the park earlier than our time just could not go into bear lake until our time slot!
Written 13 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wirttravelers
West Virginia550 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This was actually our least favorite part of RMNP. Don't get me wrong, the views were incredible and we loved watching the marmots at Forest Canyon Overlook, but the driving was terrifying. Have these people never heard of guard rails?

Also, when we arrived at the Alpine visitor's center at 9 am, the parking lot was full of people....all waiting for the visitor's center to open. It didn't open until 9:30 and the gift shop didn't open until 10. Both needed to be open earlier based on the number of cars in the lot.
Written 11 June 2023
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Kristy F
288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
So fun to drive! We saw so many animals and the views were just out of this world beautiful. It took us about two hours to reach the top with many many stops! Very much worth the time.
Written 3 June 2023
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Susan M
Pennington, NJ67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Trail Ridge Road is great fun to drive on. We went the day it opened for the season. There was still snow everywhere! Amazing views at every crazy hairpin turn. Lots of spaces to pull off and enjoy the view. Bring a sweater if you plan to get out of the car. It was 70 degrees in Estes Park and 45 degrees at the Alpine Visitor Center!! We went all the way to the Continental Divide, where water on either side drains to the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. Great photo spot.
Written 30 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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