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Aug 08

Trail Ridge Road – Rocky Mountain National Park

View from the TrailTrail Ridge Road is the perfect example of why this is called Rocky Mountain National Park.  The road provides spectacular views of the majestic scenery that is the Rocky Mountain National Park which one of the more spectacular spots in Colorado.  If you are afraid of heights this road might not be the one for you because it is the highest continuous motorway in the United States, with more than eight miles higher than the 11,000 feet mark.  It reaches its highest point of 11,827 near Iceberg Pass.  Being that high up means that the views extend for miles and miles and it was a wonderful relief to go out and walk in some snow and try to forget about the continuous 100 degree days back home.
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The road was built perfectly, never too steep or any winding, blind curves.  It is basically just a long meandering road that winds its way up the mountain sides.  Not once during our trip did we ever get that motion sickness feeling that sometimes comes with going up a mountainside.  There are also many pullouts along the route that allow you a moment to take advantage of the wonderful views.
View from Trail Ridge Road

Karen and I spotted several groups of elk right off the road and took a few hikes, never really going more than a mile because we were not used to the elevation yet and did not want to ruin the whole day by getting headaches.  We also made sure we were drinking lots of water which had its pluses and minuses.  The plus was we did not get altitude sickness the minus was it was hard to find a parking spot at the visitor center when it was time to use the restroom.
Elk

If it wasn’t for the hiking trail to Emerald Lake I would say this would be the highlight of our time at Rocky Mountain National Park.  It is well worth the price of getting into the park.  We would recommend everyone take the Trail Ridge Road.
View from the Top

For more information on the Trail Ridge Road and the Rocky Mountain National Park check out their website at http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm
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3 comments

  1. freda phillips

    Wow, this reminds me of our trip many years ago up Mt Evans. It is 14,240ft at the summit. The last mile or so was kinda scary, mostly rocks and little vegetation, also the wind was really blowing up there.
    You have some really good pictures. I like them very much. I look forward to seeing your adventures every day.
    Freda

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Thank you for your really nice comments- Karen and I like sharing our adventures-

  2. Paul Phillips

    You’re sure saving me lots of money. You make it seem like i’m actually there so I don’t really need to go. I love this kind of country tho. Great pics.
    Paul

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