Trail Ridge Road in Winter

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Trail Ridge Road in Winter

Trail Ridge Road in Winter Professional Review and Guide

"Winter wind and snow close the highest continuous paved road in the country to vehicles and thereby open it to foot travel.

Walking a road may seem unappealing to trail purists, but Trail Ridge Road is inches from wild wonder as it climbs to tree line and beyond to the domain of winter wind. Actually, fearsome wind aids the initial ascent from Many Parks Curve by stripping snow from much of the road. But hikers may do well to carry snowshoes or cross-country skis for those stretches where the wind is not so considerate.

Large Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir in a classic subalpine forest disappear for a short distance where the road crosses an old abandoned ski slope—a verdant, flower-filled meadow in summer."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
9 hours
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US Highway 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS Trail Ridge; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Local Maps

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Jul 2018