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Old Fall River Road

US 34, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: This dramatic and scenic roadway built in 1913 followed an old Indian pathway that climbed over 3,000 feet.
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nc
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

note post below saying this road is closed 2014 after flood damage. sorry to hear it's closed, this is one of my most favorite drives in the US. take it slow and enjoy the amazing views. whoever is sitting on the left will be on the edge of the road with steep dropoff, fun if you dare to look down!... More

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Windsor, Colorado
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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

RMNP officials announced that Old Fall River Road will not be open to vehicles in 2014 due to damage from the September 2013 flood. See the December 9, 2013 press release at the official website for Rocky Mountain National Park. It is unknown if the road will be open summer 2014 to hikers or cyclists. It is open to hikers... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I highly recommend this drive. It is closed certain times of year so double check before making plans. It is a one way (east to west) road. I recommend driving on this road as you go west beginning at Sheep Lakes then it will end at the Alpine Visitors Center where it joins up with and becomes Trail Ridge Road.... More

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West Palm Beach
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This year was the first time I was in RMNP when Old Fall River Road was open. What a magnificent drive. It's not to be missed. And it's not really that scary a drive. Just plan to take your time and enjoy the breathtaking sights.

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IA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

You want adventure? Try this 9 mile one-way dirt road in RMNP! Narrow as 8 feet wide, no guard rails, and wait until you get above the tree line! Beautiful views though - if you dare to look!

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Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

For anyone looking for a slightly more rugged experience without really needing a 4x4 or special equipment, this gravel road taking you to the Alpine Visitors center is one of the most scenic and enjoyable routes in RMNP. The only problem...as with other areas of the park...very crowded. Cars in front...cars behind...takes away a little bit of the majesty...but still... More

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Naples NY
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

While visiting my brother and sister-in-law in Grand Lake, CO, which is at the gateway to Rocky Mtn. Nat. Park., we decided to drive Old Fall River Road, the first automobile road to penetrate the interior of the park. One-lane and mostly gravel, it has beautiful views, steep terrain and no guardrails. The afternoon was sunny and a pleasant 72... More

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Medina, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The views on this ride were incredible. Everything from waterfalls to mountain tops and hiking trails to animals. It does take some steady nerves to drive this road as it is pretty narrow in spots with no guardrail and several thousand foot drops. Definitely worth it though. No problem to take a car on the road if it is dry.

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Not a big offroad enthusiast so this is about my speed in my jeep. There are some 2WD vehicles, some dust, some pokey drivers and some that are in too big of a hurry...We just took our time and puled off for a scenic view as needed. Saw no wildlife via this route but looks like it should have potential... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We have been going to RMNP for almost 10 years, but had never taken this road. We have been missing out. Yes, it is one way only to the Trail Ridge Visitors Center with some rough areas and a 15mph speed limit. But the views you get that you cant see from anywhere else in the park are well worth... More

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