Crews are working to improve access to and from Rocky Mountain National Park with the Downtown Estes Loop Project.
The National Park System's highest Visitor Center is an attraction all on its own.
Located at the top of Old Fall River Road, and just a mile from the highest point of Trail Ridge Road, the Alpine Visitor Center is truly the Visitor Center in the sky. Offering sweeping views of the valleys below, along with access to the alpine tundra, it's truly otherworldly to be among the peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park.
There is food and drink, along with souvenirs available for purchase at the Alpine Visitor Center, plus a short alpine-tundra trail that'll make you feel on top of the world because you're not far off. The Alpine Visitor Center is only accessible part of the year (generally about Memorial Day to sometime in October) based on the seasonal opening and closing of Trail Ridge Road.