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Alpine Visitor Center

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Address: Trail Ridge Rd., 22 mi from the Beaver Meadows entrance station, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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+1 970-586-1206

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Good stop when traffic is light

The views are stupendous and worth effort, there is much information available there too. When the traffic is heavy, parking is next to impossible. The photographic opportunities... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
Mike D
Monmouth, Oregon
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Monmouth, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

The views are stupendous and worth effort, there is much information available there too. When the traffic is heavy, parking is next to impossible. The photographic opportunities are abundant, bring all your lenses. One is truly in a different climate at this altitude. Oxygen is at a premium here, be aware!

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Greeley, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I give 4 stars because you get magnificant views. There is a decent size parking lot. You will find bathrooms, a less interesting gift shop and mediocre food. But the views and great and after turning left and right for miles, time to give the drive some rest as well as your cars brakes. Of course...Trail Ridge Road is closed... More 

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La Verne, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

After driving Trail Head Road, this is at the very top. It was worth the stop if you can be patient enough to find parking. There is a close up view of a smallish glacier. I over heard a comment from another visitor that he had seen a herd of elk up here in the past. On the way up,... More 

1 Thank Pandamonium1362
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

We saw a couple of moose last visit in October 2016! Really beautiful, the alpine views are inspiring and moving. If you can stomach the drive/ride, then make sure to stop and learn a few things. Get a patch to commemorate the journey.

1 Thank beccaleerobinson
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This was a must see in our first trip to Colorado and Denver, and the Rocky Mountains. We had never claimed the mountains so high in a car before., It was nerve wracking but so beautiful and we were glad we did it. The building at the Visitor Center was packed, but spacious., The views are incredible and you can... More 

1 Thank jarrodpeterson
Weilerbach, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Not the most modern of places .... but the views just can't be beat! Can be crowded but go out back and look out over the park.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Although the building is dated, the huge windows inside take advantage of the soaring scenery. Located about a 35 to 40 minute drive from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (on a less busy day while taking your time), this is a very popular break stop. It is not only the highest visitor center in our national park system, but it also... More 

1 Thank aerofaze
New Ulm, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

A must stop on the Trail Ridge Road...not so much because of the exceptional center, but more because of the views it provides of the surrounding countryside and the trails you can access from here. Whether you are looking for a strenuous multi-mile hike or a 500 yard leg stretcher, this is the place. The classic photo op (by the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This was a Great Drive up to the highest elevation on Trail Ridge Road inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Spectacular views on the way & on the Top ! this is a Must see attraction if you are visiting the National Park.

Thank ShivUSA
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292 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is truly an unique visitor's center. However, even though it has a traditional gift shop and Park Rangers to answer questions, don't expect it to be like the others with lots of displays, activities, or movies. It basically sits at the edge of a canyon and offers a spectacular view both indoor and outdoor. Simply wonderful. Outside you can... More 

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