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Trail Ridge Road Scenic Drive

When we visited Rocky Mountain National Park in August 2022, we were absolutely amazed by the stunning and unique beauty that we experienced during our drive along historic Trail Ridge Road from Grand Lake, Colorado to Estes Park, Colorado. We knew we had to share it with you!

Reaching elevations of over 12,100 feet above sea level, Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved highway in America, and one of the most talked about scenic drives amongst travelers.

In our opinion, Trail Ridge Road is a bucket list scenic drive that everyone should experience. But due to extreme weather at these elevations, the window of opportunity to drive the entire length of Trail Ridge Road is limited to only a few months each year. And the weather can change quickly on any given day. (On another day of our visit here, it was 70+ degrees in Grand Lake CO and sleeting at the Alpine Visitor Center!)

So in this video, we strapped the camera to the Jeep and set off on a JeepCam adventure during a beautiful summer morning to share the experience of driving the entire length of amazing Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Along the way we'll pass through 4 distinct ecosystems (including Alpine) and share tidbits of information that we learned about the terrain, plants and wildlife that call Rocky Mountain National Park home. And for our fellow history buffs, we'll share a few interesting facts about the history of this iconic highway known as Trail Ridge Road.

So grab a snack, sit back, relax and join us as we drive what has been called a "scenic wonder road of the world"... US Highway 34, otherwise known as the unforgettable Trail Ridge Road.

Note: This video was filmed in August 2022, prior to the filming rule changes within the National Parks.

Where is Trail Ridge Road?

πŸ“ US Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road) runs between Estes Park and Grand Lake through Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Trail Ridge Road Fun Facts

Years Constructed

1929 - 1938

Construction Time / Year

4 months

Maximum Grade


Distance Above 11,000' Elevation

8 miles

When Built It Was Called

a scenic wonder road of the world

Usually Open

end of May through October

A Few Photos from Our Drive on Trail Ridge Road

Horses Near Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Horses Near Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Wildfire Damage
Wildfire Damage
Snow Poles and Sharp Curves
Snow Poles and Sharp Curves
The Road is Well Maintained
The Road is Well Maintained
Rugged Terrain
Rugged Terrain
Valley View (notice the road below)
Valley View (notice the road below)

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Tom and Stacie

Tom and Stacie Langland
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