The Roads of Rocky Mountain

The park's main road is Trail Ridge Road. It links the Beaver Meadows Entrance at Estes Park to the Grand Lake Entrance, a distance of 46 miles. Its route tops out above 12,000 feet, making it the highest continuous paved road in the United States. It provides the easiest access to alpine scenery in the national park system. Trail Ridge Road is closed by snow from approximately October to June. The Bear Lake Road leads south from Trail Ridge Road to Bear Lake, offering access to Glacier Basin and other areas along the way. Fall River Road connects the Fall River Entrance, also near Estes Park, to the Trail Ridge Road. Finally, Old Fall River Road is a road that begins paved, then becomes gravel as it leads steeply to the Alpine Visitor Center. It is closed by snow most of the year, and is usually open only early July to late September.

Rocky Mountain National Park Scenic Drives Locator Map
(click map to open very large locator map of the sections below)


Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bear Lake Road

Color
Yellow
Start
Mile 0 - Trail Ridge Road
End
Mile 9.2 - Bear Lake parking area
Horseshoe Park in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall River Road

Color
Green
Start
Mile 0 - Fall River Entrance
End
Mile 4.0 - Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Ridge Road Part 1

Color
Red
Start
Mile 0 - Beaver Meadows Entrance
End
Mile 22.0 - Alpine Visitor Center
Medicine Bow Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Ridge Road Part 2

Color
Red
Start
Mile 22.1 - Alpine Visitor Center
End
Mile 43.6 - Grand Lake Entrance


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