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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 good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“elk steak” (54 reviews)
“skewers” (10 reviews)
“lamb” (11 reviews)
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3450 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9219
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

On a family road trip we stayed in Estes Park. Our cabin was at Pine Haven and the staff suggested the Trail Head and even gave us a coupon for 15% off. I had the Triple Grill Kabobs which consisted of Elk, Bison and Lamb......More

Thank brbassett
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Located just below the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.....right at a park information center. What a pleasant surprise....I expected a cafeteria style restaurant but I couldn't have been more wrong. It is a full service restaurant with a beautiful view of the...More

Thank CapeCodKrumholtz
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Because it came highly recommended for breakfast, we thought to try it for dinner. Our server did not inform us that fries didn't come with the burger. The burgers were overpriced, slathered in barbecue sauce and less than 1/4 thick. Because the kiddie options were...More

Thank Nicole B
Reviewed 29 October 2017

I really enjoyed the elk stew and our server was excellent. My cranky 3 year old didn't phase her and she helped cheer him up. They have a nice selection of wines as well and the view cannot be beat. They even have a play...More

Thank Carrie H
Reviewed 19 October 2017

The restaurant is located just before the Fall River entrance to the park and adjacent to the Fall River Visitor Center, northeast of town on Route 34. We entered through the large gift shop and were quickly seated at 11 AM on a Monday in...More

Thank allme
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Good food but you come here for the view. Excellent lunch spot, with outside dining and a view of the mountains. This was our first stop after our flight from Houston and worth the drive.

Thank Dale P
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Against my better judgement we are here and the only good thing was the bottled beer and the view.We stopped in after exiting RMNP to use the restroom. My husband saw they had trout on the menu and he wanted to eat there. His trout...More

Thank Donna C
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This restaurant has great food even for vegetarians. The view from inside or out on the outside deck is outstanding. The young European student waiters are both interesting and helpful.

Thank srbev43fnc
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Have been here many times over the years while visiting RMNP. Love the view of Dear mountain as you dine on the outside deck or thru the windows on a cold or rainy day. Food is delicious - service friendly and quick. The choice of...More

Thank Al K
Reviewed 19 September 2017

The lunch meals were average but the location outside was a nice restful experience after a morning of hiking. We were able to enjoy the beautiful mountains by sitting outside. The waitresses were especially attentive. Food was average but the convenient location was perfect for...More

Thank grannyr0sie
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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

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Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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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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