Used since 1920, the Fall River Road is an alternative to Trail Ridge Road, for reaching Fall River Pass, 11,796 feet. Portions of the road were built by convict labor. Some remnants of the convict cabins are still visible along the way.
The 9.4 mile dirt road is one-way and uphill. Traffic travels west on the road. Travelers returning to the east side of the park can return via Trail Ridge Road. With more than fifteen switchbacks to negotiate, speeds will average a leisurely 10 mph. No trailers or vehicles longer than 25 feet are allowed on the road.
Directions from Estes Park Headquarters: Follow Hwy 34 west toward the Fall River Entrance Station. Continue to the Old Fall River Road and Endovalley turnoff to the right. Old Fall River Road begins just over 2 miles down this road. Fall River Road is one way heading west. You can return by way of Trail Ridge Road.
Early July through Early September
(NOTE: Road opens when conditions allow. Snow drifts up to 30 feet high can be on the road in Winter.)