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Old Fall River Road

Us 34, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
+1 970-586-1206
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Worth every minute

This is a 9 mile one way dirt road with no guardrails and steep drop offs. Sounds harrowing but it... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Michael W
Saint Paul, Minnesota
via mobile
Amazing Drive!

If it's open and you have time, take this route! It is amazing! Slow and beautiful! Be sure to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Renee J
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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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Us 34, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
+1 970-586-1206

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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 2 days ago

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
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is definitely the slow road to the "top" of Rocky Mountain National Park, but it is worth it. Don't let the gravel road scare you - just take things slow and enjoy the changing scenery as you switch back & forth up the mountain....More

Thank BThompson777
Reviewed 5 days ago

I had always just taken Trail Ridge Road and decided to give this a try. The views were totally different and we had mule deer cross the road in front of us in a couple of locations. I was white knuckled the whole way though....More

Thank Heidi A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the old Fall River Road. We started our drive early in the morning. We drove our F-150 the entire trip with no problems. The unpaved road was in great condition and there was little traffic. The road is one way and narrow...More

Thank Joyce M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we were initially a bit leery of this drive because it's a dirt road, it wasn't a problem. The road is well maintained and very driveable, although it does have a speed limit of 15 mph. But the views are amazing and the Alpine...More

Thank CMN14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This trail made it the park visit an awesome experience! The views were break-taking, esp in the morning! Seeing the park from a different view of the main road was amazing. We drove this trail twice in our convertible Mustang, so it is packed enough...More

Thank photographerrn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't personally love the tundra, (I'm a lakes and meadows kinda person) but it's unique to experience so I make the several-hour round trip to the Alpine Visitor's Center when I'm in the park. The Fall River Road wasn't scary because speeds stay slow,...More

Thank Lisa T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took this road from Estes Park to the Alpine Visitor Center after a local told us it was a must do. He was correct - it was absolutely awesome. The road is one way only and is well worth the slow pace on a...More

Thank DMR-2011
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For the best views and bragging rights of 12,000 plus feet above sea level you HAVE to do this! There are areas to park and do a bit of hiking and see the most amazing sights Estes had to offer. It took my breath away...More

Thank Wolfiewife
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Mark P
18 August 2016|
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Response from Teresa P | Reviewed this property |
I think it opens in June but that depends on the weather. The National Park Service has a website that should let you know if it's open as you get closer to the date. Have fun when you go!!
17 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
5 October 2015|
Response from fv1989 | Reviewed this property |
Rocky Mountain National Park rangers posted this on Twitter yesterday (October 7). "Old Fall River Road will remain closed for a couple of days for maintenance and repair work." You can check the status of Old Fall River... More