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    Trail Ridge Road in Winter

    Estes Park, Colorado

    Trail Ridge Road in Winter

    Trail Ridge Road in Winter Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "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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    "A winter walk up Trail Ridge Road (closed to vehicles above Many Parks Curve) likely exposes hikers to a wide variety of conditions and sights overlooked when driving up the road in summer." Read more

    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
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