The Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet. The road is 48 miles long, 11 of which is above the tree line. This area above the tree line is known as the tundra, a Russian term for "land of no trees". This area is normally 20 - 30 degrees colder than in Estes Park and the winds can reach over 100 MPH while freezing temperatures last over 5 months each year. Because of these harsh conditions, the plants of this area require centuries to mature and are dwarf in nature.
|Forest Canyon Tundra|
Tundra Still Frozen at the End of July
Continental Divide Landscape
Teri sporting an old buffalo coat at the 1920's Holzwarth Trout Lodge.
(20+ lbs and unbelievably warm)
Long's Peak - 14,249 ft
While we were here we also saw all sorts of wildlife:
Wow, that's a lot of kids!
We are off tomorrow morning headed a few miles down the road to Curt Gowdy State Park in Cheyenne, WY. While there, we plan to relax and ride the bikes for a few days.