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Old 08-23-2015, 07:04 AM   #1
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Estes Park to Grand Lake?

New to mountain driving, curious on best, safest route. Can I just go through Rocky Mountain National Park to get to the Western side or safer to go around park?
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Tho I have not taken the over the top route in the Bus .... my kids use it all the time in their big TT ... as always ... take your time ... enjoy the views ......
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Have done it with a medium MH and with a 23' TT. Some steep climbs and tight turns that might be difficult with a very big rig. Think there may be a size limit but may be thinking of a different route.
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I think you might be thinking of the Going to Sun in Glacier, Estes has no size limits that i know of.
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:09 PM   #6
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There is a sharp steep turn just as you leave the visitor's center at the top. Take it slow and enjoy the ride. Not nearly as crooked on the back slope as it is coming up
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Thanks for the replys.....I bailed and am going around the park, through Denver then N on 40W to 34....elk Creek campground for a week
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We'd do the park in good weather.

We just drove it twice last week in our Jeep and talked about driving the 40dp next time. The park is marked very well based on length where you can't go, small parking lots and side roads. The cost is twenty per day per vehicle but they told me if the toad is attached to the MH its one fee of $20.
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Old 09-04-2015, 07:33 AM   #9
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Went through the park from Grand Lake to Estes on the return trip. Not too bad, nice and slow. Headed to Badlands National Park, GPS steered us to a 25 mile "scenic route" around the park. BRUTAL rough gravel road....5 miles an hour maximum.....very hard on 40'.....DO NOT TAKE!
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You must have missed the sign that reads, "Max vehicle length 25 feet, no trailers"
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PMGIA: You must be thinking of a different road than Trail Ridge Rd. through the park.

There is no charge to drive the road and there is not length limit. We've driven it both directions with our 40' motorhome.

Trail Ridge Road - Rocky Mountain National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
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You are right. I was thinking Old Fall River Road, the one way
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