1915: National Park
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About the SiteThis national park, located in north-central Colorado, contains some of the most beautiful and easily accessible high-mountain country in the United States. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the green valleys to 14,259 at Long's Peak, a visitor to this park has opportunities for breathtaking experiences and adventures.
Tundra is found in one-third of the park above the tree line, and is a major reason why these peaks and valleys have been protected. More than a fourth of the plants found here are also native to the Arctic.
What You're Going to SeeThe most accessible parts of the park lie along Trail Ridge Road, a 50-mile paved road that's open during the summer only. It connects Estes Park with Grand Lake, and reaches a height of more than 12,000 feet. Trail Ridge Road meanders above the treeline for 11 miles and has many viewpoints. Old Fall River Road is a section of the original road that crosses the mountains and is open from West Horseshoe Park Junction to Fall River Pass. West of Endovalley, the gravel road is one-way uphill, to the west.
Personal ObservationsSomeday ...
Getting ThereFrom the Denver area, US 36 northwest takes you straight to the park. It's a 63-mile drive, through Boulder and then Estes Park, that provides easy access.
Nearby AttractionsAbout 100 miles to the south is Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.