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Trailhead Restaurant

3450 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9219
+1 970-577-0043
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“elk steak” (50 reviews)
“skewers” (9 reviews)
“lamb” (9 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 20:00All hours
American, International, Gluten Free Options
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3450 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9219
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had croissaint french toast. The kids had pancakes. It was all good. Service was fine. Convenient - located right next to the park.

Thank Erin H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch at this restaurant after our hike and enjoyed a beautiful setting and good food. French fries and the Colorado trout were very good. So we're the wild game skewers, served with rice. Friendly and efficient service.

Thank Lelli J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy this place in mid-morning for the multi-grain pancakes. A real treat! On this visit the server was helpful, pleasant and not intrusive. It was too cool for the deck but I enjoyed a window table. Very peaceful.

Thank Elainest
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our lunch was average. There were not many people in the restaurant. Their plates did not look all that great either. One lady got a glass of orange juice that looked awful and when she questioned it, the waitress did not offer to change it...More

Thank EAY1976
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's convenient to Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park ... and the gift shop has more choices than the park has acres. But the food was so-so. Maybe it's because we were there just before closing time. I recommend the store, but the...More

Thank ChrisLMobley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location of the restaurant is amazing. On the mountains before entering Rocky Mountains National Park at the Fall River Visit centre, it gives an option of good food for those who wants to take a break before entering the national park

Thank Bibin M A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first try at this place was for breakfast. Sign on the doors says opens at 0800, we were planning a hike and were there a little before 8... and waited... at 08:20 we decided to look elsewhere since this place didn't seem to be...More

Thank tiggastretch
karmnipa, Manager at Trailhead Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello tiggastretch, We are sorry for your experience and we hope to see you dining with us again. We are at our transition time between our summer and winter hours. We did have the hours listed as 9am to 6pm on the doors . Our...More

Reviewed 9 May 2017

We have breakfast here every trip to Estes Park. It is outside of town at the Fall River entrance to RMNP. Attached to it is a wonderful gift shop with a HUGE range of items. If you buy anything at the gift shop you receive...More

Thank findjoy
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Even though this restaurant can be a bit eclectic, and the service is not always great, the Corn Pancakes are delicious, and worth a visit. We also tried lunch there, and the Buffalo Burger and Rueben were okay. The views,hummingbirds, and location near the park...More

Thank WJD_CO
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We had breakfast here on the way to the RMNP - three days in a row it was so good. Restaurant has great views from every spot in the restaurant. Suggest checking the opening hours first -- we were there in the early spring season...More

Thank sailon888
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there a children's menu?
15 July 2016|
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Response from Donna S | Reviewed this property |
Don't remember. Burgers, chicken, cheesesteaks. Great menu, can't imagine a kid could not find something.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3450 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9219
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Estes Park
  • Phone Number: +1 970-577-0043
  • E-mail
The Trailhead Restaurant can be entered from the gift shop. At the Trailhead you may enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and beverages, including regionally brewed and national brand beers, served from our Old West log bar. The experience of the Trailhead will be unforgettable as you dine surrounded by a panorama of towering mountains and the nearby seductive high peaks and forests of Rocky Mountain National Park.For those wanting a truly remarkable dining experience, try a meal on our expansive log and stone pillar open-air deck. From your table you will be treated to a magnificent view of mountains soaring above Fall River as it winds past forests, meadows and grazing wildlife. To the east you will see Fall River Valley bordered by mountains. To the west are majestic high peaks with a glimpse of Trail Ridge Road, leading to the Continental Divide and all that awaits you ahead in the Park, including the region’s highest mountain: Long’s Peak.While enjoying your meal or drink, have a park meal prepared, packed and ready-to-go when you are. Or, if a visit to our restaurant is not possible, you may simply want to take snacks, coffee, or other beverages and one of our packaged lunches with you. Don’t forget dessert!
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