Category Archives: RMNP Trail Ridge Road

The Snow Poles Up On Trail Ridge Road In RMNP Are Ready For The Snow To Start Falling!

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Phil and I took a ride up Trail Ridge Road the other day to see how much snow was up there. The road had been closed for about a week and we weren’t sure how long it would remain open.

We could see quite a bit of snow in the distant mountains and also where it had drifted along Trail Ridge Road.

You can see the “snow poles” along the sides of the road. These help the snowplows maneuver the road when the snow is very deep. Up top these poles are a good 10-15 feet tall. We’ve seen drifts at least that tall when spring comes.

You never know when they will close Trail Ridge Road for the season. Old Fall River Road is already closed. If you want to get that last scenic drive in, you’d better do it pretty soon before they do close the road for the winter.

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The Mummy Range In RMNP Is Beautiful!

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The drive back down Fall River Road from Trail Ridge Road, looking at the Mummy Range in Rocky Mountain National Park is always so pretty.

Don’t you just love this view?

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The Pink Queen’s Crown Wildflowers Are Spectacular Up On The Tundra In RMNP

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The pink Queen’s Crown wildflowers are just spectacular on the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are so many different varieties of wildflowers this year!

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Hiking The Tundra In RMNP

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There are a few trails on the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park that we love to hike. This one, in particular, is one of our favorites. The wildflowers are spectacular!

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Jacob’s Ladder Wildflowers On The Tundra In RMNP

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There are so many wildflowers on the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park that I could post a new one each day for months!

Jacob’s Ladder is a delicate, lavender to blue-colored wildflower with pinnately compound leaves that look just like a ladder.

Have you ever seen a Jacob’s Ladder wildflower?

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Pretty Alpine Sunflowers On The Tundra In RMNP

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I love how the sunflowers look up to the sun on the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park. Because of the high elevation, they only grow to about 6-8″ tall.

Pretty, don’t you think?

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Beautiful Reflection On The West Side Of RMNP

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This was such a pretty morning, driving over Trail Ridge Road to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The clouds were low and the reflection on this little lake was just beautiful.

What do you think?

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Mountain Death Camas Wildflowers On The Tundra In RMNP

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I have only seen Mountain Death Camas wildflowers twice in Rocky Mountain National Park and both times up on the tundra.

I looked up on the internet why they are called Mountain Death Camas and it is because they are poisonous to both humans and wildlife, thus their name. Guess I’ll stay away from them!

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