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Trail Ridge Road - Rocky Mountain National Park

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Uploaded on Mar 2, 2010

Nick Molle takes you on a trip to Trail Ridge Road just before it opens for the season to show you how the Park Service clears all that snow just in time for the first visitor. Watch more of these programs on EPTV Channel 8 in Estes Park, Colorado or visit http://www.rockymountainchannel.com

Trail Ridge Road provides spectacular views of the majestic scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is the highest continuous motorway in the United States, with more than eight miles lying above 11,000' and a maximum elevation of 12,183'. The name "Trail Ridge Road" derives from it proximity to historic pathways used by native peoples to cross the Rocky Mountains.

Trail Ridge Road was designed to replace Fall River Road, which proved inadequate for modern motor travel as soon as it opened in 1920. Trail Ridge Road was designed to have more gentle grades, broader curves, and a greater variety of scenic experiences. The sunny, ridge-top location would also reduce snow accumulations and allow Trail Ridge Road to open earlier then its shady, snow-laden predecessor.

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