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Old Fall River Road

Us 34, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
+1 970-586-1206
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Slow Moving But Beautiful Drive

We drove up the Old Fall River Road which is a one-way dirt road leading up to the Alpine Visitor... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2018
newlymarriedman12
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Tampa, Florida
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If you can make it, do it!

Awesome way to see the Park. My daughter stood on her seat and out the sunroof and got some... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Scott S
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Brockport, New York, United States
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This dramatic and scenic roadway built in 1913 followed an old Indian pathway that climbed over 3,000 feet.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“tight turns” (6 reviews)
“wheel drive” (13 reviews)
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Us 34, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
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"alpine visitor center"
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"tight turns"
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"wheel drive"
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"nine miles"
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"auto route"
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"trail ridge"
in 28 reviews
"fall river"
in 19 reviews
"hairpin turns"
in 13 reviews
"take your time"
in 25 reviews
"rental car"
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"estes park"
in 30 reviews
"switch backs"
in 7 reviews
"less traffic"
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"take pictures"
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"alluvial fan"
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"afraid of heights"
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"beautiful drive"
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We drove up the Old Fall River Road which is a one-way dirt road leading up to the Alpine Visitor Center. The traffic is slow going which at times can be annoying, but you don't want to rush with views like this! There are many...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Awesome way to see the Park. My daughter stood on her seat and out the sunroof and got some Awesome Pictures!

Thank Scott S
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

The road is dirt and only wide enough for vehicles to go one way. I can’t imagine a left SUV making the hairpin turns. It was amazing, but very glad I didn’t drive. We took the Green Jeep tours and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Although it is occasionally closed due to weather, this is my favorite drive in Rocky Mountain National Park. The road snakes up the mountains without guard rails. However, the views and animal sightings are incredible. I drive a four-wheel-drive pickup and have had no difficulties...More

2  Thank MtnDoctor
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

We take this ride every time we go to RMNP! Some trips it has been closed, and we were soooooo disappointed. It leads to the Alpine Village at the top of Trailridge road. We have seen Elk, deer, and several small animals. It is a...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

The time of year you go on this road will greatly determine the quality of the road. The later in the year, the more rutted and worn it gets. You should have no real problem with any rental car you have, unless it's a very...More

1  Thank lord-xeon
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

This narrow dirt road is an amazing scenic drive to the summit. It is narrow and steep with no guardrails and drop offs, and going slow is a requirement, but is worth every minute. You get a chance to see so much more than on...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

9 miles of unforgettable dirt road climbing to 12,000 feet. The views are spectacular. This one way road is steep and without guard rails. If you have a fear of heights or driving this terrain you may want to think twice before heading out. There...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

This is a 9 mile one way dirt road with no guardrails and steep drop offs. Sounds harrowing but it really isn't as everyone is going super slow. The views are spectacular and well worth the time it takes to get you up to the...More

1  Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

If it's open and you have time, take this route! It is amazing! Slow and beautiful! Be sure to stop at Chasm Falls!

Thank Renee J
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Egoodpasture
20 January 2018|
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Response from fv1989 | Reviewed this property |
Old Fall River Road is not scheduled to open for the season until on or a couple of days before July 4 each year. This is entirely weather dependent but it is rare for Old Fall River Road to be open to vehicles in June... More
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Mark P
19 August 2016|
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Response from Gogogators1 | Reviewed this property |
Trail ridge opens as early as Memorial Day weekend but Old Fall River opens much later. All depends on the weather. Old Fall River is a one way, dirt road that isn't normally "clear" until late June or July.
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IAfarmgirl68
18 July 2016|
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Response from Mikeofokc | Reviewed this property |
Yes, easily. It's a well maintained gravel road and your mini van will do just fine
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