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Fall River Road

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado USA

Free to Visit
Open Now
Thu 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • No Public
  • No Wifi
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“cruise on through!”

The Old Fall River Road, sometimes referred to as "The Old Road" by park staff in Rocky Mountain National Park was the first automobile road to penetrate the interior of the park. The road linked the east side of the park near Estes Park with Grand Lake on the west side. Work began in 1913 and was completed between 1918 and 1920. The narrow road was partly replaced by Trail Ridge Road in 1932, which incorporated sections of the Fall River Road. In 1968 the National Park Service restored the road, paving the lower third. It is open in the summer, weather permitting, one-way from Sheep Lakes to the Alpine Visitor Center. However, due to the flooding that occurred in September of 2013, the road is now closed to all traffic, and will be until July 2015.

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Anna Hider

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April 08, 2015
Rated 4.0

It's more rustic- and less winding- than Trail Ridge. By "rustic" I mean that it's literally a dirt road. The views from the top are rad, though... waterfalls and wildlife and such. It should reopen in July of 2015 after being closed for like, 2 years!

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Fall River Road

Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park, Colorado


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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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