Trail Ridge Road is one of our most well-attended chapter rides. It’s a perfect opportunity to catch up with fellow members, get some “wind therapy,” and see one of the most beautiful Colorado treasures… Rocky Mountain National Park. Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions and temperature changes. 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′. There are several tight, hairpin turns and switch-backs. At the summit visitors’ center, we will stop for the annual chapter member’s group photo before continuing our ride into the town of Grand Lake. Keep in mind that we’ll be sharing the road with lots of tourists, the occasional elk herd, and big horn sheep. The tourists are a bigger safety concern than the wildlife. Our ride begins at RMHD. We’ll travel northwest along the Peak-to-Peak Highway to Estes Park. Then it’s US-34 (Trail Ridge Road) through Rocky Mountain National Park. There is a gate admission fee of $20 per motorcycle in addition to the cost for your individual box-lunch. Our ride concludes in Grand Lake at the Pitkin St park pavilion. Here we will enjoy a box lunch featuring pulled pork sandwiches, chips, a cookie, and lemonade. Save your receipt from the gate admission. You can use it to go back over Trail Ridge for the ride home, or follow the signs to Granby and connect with US-40 into the towns of Frasier, Winter Park, and ride over Berthoud Pass. US-40 has very tight, hairpin turns and winding mountain roads. You will eventually meet I-70 beyond the town of Empire.