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Colorado Scenery - Rocky Mountain National Park

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We took Trail Ridge Road from Estes Park, it was an awesome experience! Trail Ridge Road winds along the ridge which formed a crossing for the Ute people. The road is open from Memorial day through October as weather permits. It is the highest continuous paved highway in the country, climbing to an elevation of 12,183 feet above sea level.

Entry to the park is 10.00 per car, it enables you to visit for up to ten days. Near the top of the road is the Alpine Visitor center, there is a gift shop and a restaurant, inside the Visitor's Center you can view the mountains. You should allow 4-6 hours for the 34 mile trip to the Visitor Center, more if you're going on to Grand Lake.

Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915. One third of the park is above tree line, this trip takes you through life zones which are equivalent to a round trip to the Arctic Circle.

To get there take U.S. 34, U.S. 36 and Colorado 7 to reach the east side of the park (Estes Park). From U.S. 40 take U.S. 34 to the west side. (Grand Lake)

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motel view
The view from our motel balcony in early morning.

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Stanley Hotel
The historic Stanley Hotel, it was here that Stephen King was inspired to write "The Shining". The made for TV version of the book was filmed here as was a part of the movie "Dumb and Dumber". Remember Lloyd and Harry stepping out of the sports car after a busy day of shopping?

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RMNP
A close up view of one of the mountains in the park.

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RMNP lake
An awesome view from a turn off near the top of the road.

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snowfield
A snowfield along the road, this was taken July 8.

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RMNP chipmunk
Cute little guy

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Yule Marble Quarry Area - Garden of the Gods - Monarch and Independence Pass - Telluride Page One - Telluride Page Two - Yankee Boy Basin Page One - Yankee Boy Basin Page Two - Yankee Boy Basin Page Three - Crystal - San Juan Loop - San Juan Loop Page Two - San Juan Loop Page Three - San Juan Loop Page Four - Owl Creek Pass - Slate Road - Rocky Mountain National Park - Rocky Mountain National Park Page Two - Miscellaneous Scenery

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