Driving the Pass into the Sky: Trail Ridge Road

A 48-mile mountain pass through Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road is as scenic as it is high. Weaving above treeline for eleven miles and through vast tundra, the road seems like it is paved into the sky like the final scene of Grease. Big sweeping curves give way to views of the Rocky Mountains on all sides and spectacular alpine wildflower fields. While driving along, spot for wildlife including cute, fuzzy pikas and marmots, that amazingly live in this harsh landscape, and stop to hike to viewpoints that will take your breath way – both literally and figuratively.  Topping at at 12,183, it’s not the highest paved road in the world but it is definitely worth the roadtrip.

Here are few photos from my trip along Trail Ridge Road this August:

Published by Kelsey Ivey

An avid traveler and hiker, Kelsey is a freelance writer and professional explorer.

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