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Old 08-03-2015, 06:27 AM   #1
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Any advice for MH + toad on Trail Ridge Rd in Rocky Mountain NP?

I'm planning on using Trail Ridge Road (US 34) to cross the Rocky Mountains in September. An old (1993) guide book to national parks notes a maximum 50' length limit for MH + toad. I have not been able to find any newer info on the web.

Does anyone have current information?

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Old 08-03-2015, 07:40 AM   #2
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Coming up the Big Thompson Canyon should not be a problem, although I have not been up through there since the flood washed out so much of it a couple of years ago. It is crooked and steep in a few places. There are pullout areas along and you will have more friends if you use them to allow traffic to pass. Inside Estes Park, the traffic is sort of hectic and times, but easily doable.
On thru and across RMNP is again steep and crooked with a few switchbacks. There is a visitors station at the top that usually stays full during good weather. They were doing some work in the parking lot so it might be iffy about RV parking. There is a couple of switch backs going the back slope close to the top, but nothing like the trip up. Beautiful trip either way. You will pass the headwaters of the Colorado river on the way down and there the Grand Lake area with a couple of RV parks (cannot recall the names) Watch for elk! We have seen more elk on the back slope in the roadway than in Estes. Hope you find the trip as enjoyable as we do, but PLEASE don't over speed as you cross the top at the visitors center. It gets very steep quickly as it goes into the first cure and there is no banked turn there

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Old 08-03-2015, 11:19 AM   #3
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I would suggest using the Lyons to Estes Park road instead of going up the Big Thompson Canyon road. It has fewer tight turns.
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I've never heard of a length restriction for Trail Ridge Rd. Here is the official park site and if there was a restriction, I'm sure it would be given. How about giving the park a call for a definite answer?

Even if there's no restriction, it might be best to disconnect the towed vehicle and drive them separately. There are many tight turns and you definitely do not want to cross the center line. RVers drive this road daily so it's doable. We did it with our 5th wheel - approx. 55' total. We left early morning to avoid some traffic. Remember to check road conditions before taking off. It can snow up there at any time - summer, too. Also, it closes in October.

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my daughter & son-in-law use this route coming from Grand Lake .... and have no problems ... yeah, it's steep and curvy but not worse than most passes in CO ... Your rig should do fine ... just take your time and enjoy the view ............
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