Rocky Mountain National Park Loop

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” – John Muir, famous naturalist and conservationist 

Riding through the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is guaranteed to take you to new heights, literally. With 415 sq miles of dramatic beauty, as you navigate the winding roads, you’ll be treated to majestic mountain peaks, alpine meadows, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, and abundant wildlife.

The up-close and unobstructed views from a motorcycle heighten your sense of connection with the surroundings, providing an unforgettable visual experience.

The Rocky Mountain National Park Scenic Loop is considered one of the most iconic motorcycle routes in the United States. It is 164 miles of pure mountain adventure! The four-hour drive will take you from Denver to Estes Park, through Rocky Mountain National Park on the magnificent Trail Ridge Road. Then through Grand Lake, Granby and Fraser to Winter Park.

The route takes you through the heart of the Rocky Mountains, offering a mix of thrilling twists, turns, and elevation changes. The well-maintained roads and scenic byways provide an exhilarating riding experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the agility and power of your motorcycle in this remarkable setting.

The heart of the Rocky Mountains

However, the highlight of the Rocky Mountain National Park Loop is the famous Trail Ridge Road.

Freelance journalist and avid motorcyclist Staci Wilt, who runs the Ride to Food blog, said, “If you’re planning a motorcycle trip to the Rocky Mountains, be sure to put this thrilling, scenic byway through the National Park on your bucket list! One ride up this highway is all it will take for you to understand why it’s my favorite ride in the state.”

Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the US, offering unmatched views and a sense of adventure. It connects the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake via a scenic 48-mile roadway. Riding on a motorcycle along Trail Ridge Road allows you to ascend to elevations exceeding 12,000ft. Enjoy panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

See the Wildlife

Trail Ridge Road sign
Top of Trail Ridge Road

While riding through the Rocky Mountain National Park Scenic Loop, there are plenty of scenic spots and overlooks on Trail Ridge Road to park up your motorcycle and take in the views (and take some photos!). These include the Rainbow Curve Overlook, Forest Canyon Overlook, and Medicine Bow Curve Overlook. You may have the opportunity to spot some magnificent creatures along the roadside or during your stops. The Rocky Mountain National Park is home to elk, bighorn sheep, moose, deer, and various bird species.

Of course, there are plenty of other activities within the Rocky Mountain National Park too, including hiking options such as the Deer Mountain Trail, a short 6-mile round trip hike. And don’t miss the largest natural lake in Colorado: the Grand Lake, where you can try your hand at watersports or simply stroll along and breathe in the fresh air.  

A riders statement

“We came up through Longmont and Estes Park, up over the top and down through Grand Lake. Started off in T-shirts and had to leather up at the top because it got cold fast. We stripped off the leather at the bottom, then put it back on at Grand Lake because it downpoured! It was still a beautiful ride and I’ll go every time someone wants to. This is an all-day affair and you will not regret the day, no matter if you ride or drive. The trail is only open for a few months of the year. We wait for it to open every year. Go get some!”

The Rocky Mountain National Park is conveniently located within a short ride from Denver. Whether you’re a local resident or visiting the area, embarking on the loop allows you to escape the city’s hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the mountains.

Riding the Rocky Mountain National Park Loop is an opportunity to experience the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Create unforgettable memories while indulging in a thrilling motorcycle adventure!

Tips: You can rent a bike at Explorify Motorcycle Rentals Denver.