Trail Ridge
Arapaho Tei'yoonbo'o
Analysis Tei'yoon-bo'o


Translation the Child's Trail


Also known as Tombstone Ridge for the rocks that reminded early settlers of gravestones, there was a trail here that was so steep that children had to get off and walk. The original name was "where children walked." Since then it has been shortened. Today there is a road that follows some of this route called the Trail Ridge Road which connects Estes Park valley on the east and the Kawuneeche Valley on the west. The road crosses the continental divide at 12,183 feet at Milner Pass. Part of the original trail is now called the Ute Trail and is marked with cairns by the Park.

This trail was one of the many Indian trails that crossed the country. In open parks and meadows the trails would be vague, but over the mountains there were distinct trails marked by monuments (the ai yah ah=put up). The monuments were composed of piles of small stones about four feet in diameter, and were always on the same side of the trail. The Indians would add a stone each time they passed by. Along with the "Child's Trail" there were two other well-known trails from Estes Park to Grand Lake: the "Big Trail" and "Dog Trail." It seems odd that this trail would be so named as it is the least steep of the three. Miners and hunters later used the trail, wearing deep ruts into the meadows of the alpine tundra. They had many names for it: the North Fork Trail, Specimen Mountain Trail, Poudre Lakes Trail, Squeaky Bob's Trail. It was the standard route from Grand Lake to Estes Park.