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RMNP > Trail Ridge Road America's Byway and Grand Lake Entrance

  • Overview
  • Trail Ridge Rd East America's Byway
  • Trail Ridge Road West/Grand Lake Ent America's Byway

Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Ridge Rd East, Forest Canyon Overlook, RMNP, CO.Forest Canyon - Trail Ridge Rd East

Highlights:

  • East - Beaver Ponds: Reflections of peaks in the ponds.
  • East - Rock Cut: Rock formations in the foreground with the peaks, lakes and glaciers across Forest Canyon in the background.
  • West - Timber Creek Campground
  • West - Multiple TH's leading to outstanding backcountry photo ops—FlowersWaterfallsWildlifeScenic vistas

Trail Ridge RoadAmerica's Byway

Fall colors from Trail Ridge Rd

How to get there:

Deer Ridge Jct can be reached from either the Fall River entrance or the Beaver Meadows entrance to the park.

  • GPS
  • Deer Ridge Jct US36/US34
  • 40.3871
  • -105.6108
  • Directions
  • I-25/I-70 to Deer Ridge Jct
  • 68 miles
  • 1 hr 40 mins

In General:

  • Length:
  • 17 miles
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  • Driving Time:
  • min. 45 mins

Photo Ops:VistasFlowersWildlifeFall Colors

You can't find a road like this one anywhere outside of Colorado! Eleven miles of the route roam above tree line in the alpine tundra.

Mile 2 - Beaver Ponds

It is possible to get some good vistas of the mountain ranges reflected in the small ponds here.

Just beyond the ponds, Hidden Valley Picnic Area

Mile 4 - Many Parks Curve Fall Colors

Scenic vistas back to the east.

Mile 8 - Rainbow Curve Fall Colors

A must stop. Scenic view of Horseshoe Park, the alluvial fan and the beaver ponds.

Mile 11 - Forest Canyon

A deep canyon separates you from a mountain range that seems almost close enough to touch. Sunrise and sunset work here, especially with clouds to catch the light. Clouds can fill the canyon with the peaks rising above—spectacular!

Mile 13 - Rock Cut

The road is cut through some rocks here with a dramatic drop over the side. Good foreground for the peaks in the distance. The 0.5 paved Tundra Trail leads to panoramic views of the alpine tundra at the Toll Memorial.

Mile 16 - Gore Range

Very similar opportunities as the Forest Canyon Overlook.

Mile 17 - Alpine Visitors Center

There is a very nice vista looking back down the Fall River valley at the very eastern end of this facility.

RMNP > Wild Basin Entrance Colorado Scenic BywayNational Forest Byway

  • Overview
  • Ouzel Falls Trail
  • Longs Peak-Chasm Lake Trail
  • Twin Sisters/Lily Mtn Trails

Rocky Mountain National Park

Longs Peak from the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Colorado.Longs Peak from the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

Highlights:

RMNP > Beaver Meadows Entrance

  • Overview
  • Moraine Park
  • Glacier Gorge TH
  • Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park

Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain Ntl. Park, CO.Bear Lake

Highlights:

RMNP > Fall River Entrance

  • Overview
  • Horseshoe Park
  • Old Fall River Rd/Chasm Falls

Rocky Mountain National Park

Bull Elk in Horseshoe Park in RMNP,CO.Bull Elk - Horseshoe Park

Highlights:

  • Campground Aspenglen Campground
  • WildlifeWonderful wildlife photo ops in Horseshoe Park.
  • Scenic vistasWaterfallsWildlifeSuperb scenery, Chasm Falls, and wildlife along the Old Fall River Rd.