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Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.” John Ruskin

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The entirety of Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacular in all seasons. Trail Ridge Road is however a really spectacular drive. The highest continuous paved road in the United States, the route stretches across the park from Estes Park on the eastern side to Grand Lake in the west and reaches a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet.

Closed during the winter, the road typically opens in time for Memorial Day weekend, although it was a week late this year because of excessive snow, with some banks reaching heights of 22 feet in places. Constructed in 1931, the road winds it’s way higher and higher until it finally reaches the Mountain tundra above 11,500 feet. This desolate, yet strikingly beautiful landscape is especially beautiful covered in snow and being above treeline, the views of the spectacular Rocky Mountains shine in every direction.

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This post first appeared on Pursuit Of Life | Hiking, Travel And Photography, please read the originial post: here

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