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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Rocky Mountain National Park

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Old Fall River Road

Beginning Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters)
High Point: 11,796 Feet (3677.1 Meters)
Length: 9.4 Miles (15.67 Kilometers)

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General Description

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: 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.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: B. Taylor
Time of Day: Early or mid morning
Length of Time: 1-2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Bring a camera! Worth the drive! I've made many trips to the Rocky Mountain National Park and I always go up Fall River Road on each trip there!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Automobile Travel Old Fall River Road
ICON Scenic Driving

Related Activities
Alpine Visitor Center - Alpine Visitor Center is located at Fall River Pass, at the intersection of Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road, at an elevation of 11,796 feet.

Aspenglen Campground - Aspenglen Campground has 54 sites located on the east side of the Park, off Highway 34, just west of the Fall River Entrance Station.

Chasm Falls Trail - This is a winter route up the lower end of Old Fall River Road, open for hiking while the road is closed during the winter months.

Endovalley Picnic Ground - The Endovalley Picnic Ground is located at the east end of Old Fall River Road, at the west end of Horseshoe Park.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Headquarters: Rocky Mountain National Park, 1000 Highway 36 , Estes Park, CO, 80517-8397, Phone: 970-586-1206, Fax: 970-586-1256, TTY: 970-586-1319


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