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Geology of Trail Ridge Road – Almost full!

  • 500 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
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The foundation of Rocky Mountain National Park’s awe-inspiring views is its bedrock! Join us to learn about how the park’s geology shapes its majestic landscapes. Register now, there are only a few spots left! Participants in this full-day course will travel up the famous Trail Ridge Road, from the Fall River Visitor Center to Farview Curve, stopping at popular overlooks to view and discuss the geology of Rocky Mountain National Park. You will have a chance to examine ancient igneous and metamorphic rocks over a billion years in age and learn how scientists determine geologic age. We will stop at a valley filled with volcanic ash and later view its source in the now-vanished volcanoes of the Never Summer Range. Finally, we will observe the rugged landscape carved by glaciers and stand beside glacial moraines deposited tens of thousands of years ago while we discuss glacial processes and the causes of ice ages.

We will meet at the Estes Park Visitor Center and travel together to various sites in Rocky Mountain National Park using Conservancy vehicles. Registration includes all required fees and permits for Rocky Mountain National Park. Bring your own lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for a full day outdoors. Short walks near the road are easy but remember we are at high altitude.