Section 1 of the Great Parks South Route begins in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This section is characterized by following river valleys and climbing over mountain passes at high altitudes. It is a strenuous route. One highlight is heading into and out of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road's winding course takes you 12,183 feet above sea level through high alpine tundra ecosystem. You'll go through old mining towns and tourist towns and also cross Hoosiey Pass at 11,542 feet.
Current Printed Version: 2011