The End is Nigh - Last Chance to Enjoy Trail Ridge Road

Trail Ridge Road, RMNP, TundraMany people will tell you that the highlight of their trip in Rocky Mountain National Park was a trip over Trail Ridge Road. The striking beauty around every curve is overwhelming for many who drive this grand road. But when September arrives, the days to travel over Trail Ridge are numbered. The tundra plants have been prepared for the brief summer, some for nearly the last century, each time fall arrives they draw their reserves into their roots, turn yellow, burnt orange or red and then finally brown to wait out yet another winter. Tundra fall is a brilliant display in this 4 inch forest.

Much like the flowers, the next time we'll visit the tundra is when the first warm rays of summer arrive next May. So if you have the privilege to drive over Trail Ridge during September enjoy the colors and remember much like the summer flowers, we are just brief visitors to this grand landscape.

By Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding. To book your own guided tour through Rocky Mountain National Park, contact Jared at

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