Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Trail Ridge Road located in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado is the highest continuous motorway in the United States. More than eight miles of the road is above 11,000 ft and its highest point is at 12,183 ft. It was built between 1926 and 1932 and had been previously used as a way for natives to cross the rocky mountains.

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At over 11,000 ft, the Trail Ridge Road is considered an alpine tundra. Thus it has snow year round, has a low air pressure and no trees. Only small shrubs and a few animals like pikas, and marmots can survive. As we drove up the road, we saw about 20 pikas- they were everywhere!
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This is the view from the Alpine Visitor Center looking back down on the Rocky Mountain National Park Valley. It was pretty incredible!

IMG_1293Even though we visited in July, there was still snow on the ground. It was actually pretty cool to be able to see snow this time of year, even though it felt so wrong. Happy trails! ~B

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