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Old Fall River Road

US 34, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
970-586-1206
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner description: This dramatic and scenic roadway built in 1913 followed an old Indian pathway that climbed over...
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner description: This dramatic and scenic roadway built in 1913 followed an old Indian pathway that climbed over 3,000 feet.
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Papillion, NE
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The ability to access Old Fall River Road after the Flood of 2013 was finally resolved just in time for our visit the last week of October with a new culvert at the Alluvial Fan and paving to the west parking area which is the winter closure point. We were able to hike the 1 mile to the Old Fall... More 

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I was on Old Fall River Road prior to 2013 and really enjoyed the drive, another great way to see RMNP some water falls and cascades to stop at watch of course lots of wildlife and great views

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Dallas, TX
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

For the majority of the drive, this is a one-way dirt/gravel road that will give you a different view of the park than you get from traversing on Trail Ridge Road. In my experience, there is less traffic on this road and you'll see less people. Which means you'll also see more wildlife. Sometimes the view is blocked by trees,... More 

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Monroe, GA
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22 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Having driven this gravel single lane road before, I was disappointed this year due it's closing due to flood damage in 2013. The alluvial fan blocked the road and even paved roads were washed out. Many houses were lost on highway 34 canyon but it's open now.

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Old Fall River Road is a beautifully scenic dirt road (one-way up). Unfortunately, it is closed until further notice, as it sustained major wash-out damage with the Sept 2013 flood.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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37 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I like that this was the first road up and over, cant imagine going up in an old 32 ford. Drive slow and enjoy the views, all gravel, but its pretty easy for cars.

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Katy, Texas
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117 reviews 117 reviews
37 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We love this drive. Unfortunately it was closed due to the 2013 flood. I was really looking forward to it. This is a 11 mile gravel, one-way uphill road punctuated by switchbacks. If you get the chance, you should do this at least one. I cannot wait for it to open again.

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USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It was closed for all 2014. Hopefully, restoration of this shelf/cliff, one way drive will be done in 2015, for the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. If not open by July 2015, it may be a longer time to rebuild.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I really enjoyed this road and drove it twice in the week that I was there. It's a dirt road that goes through a part of RMNP. It has beautiful views, stops that you can walk to a few waterfalls, scary drop offs, hiking trails and ends up at the Alpine Visitor Center on top. Just remember to go earlier... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Old Fall River Road is a wonderful adventure to the summit. A one way dirt road and lots of scenery. There are several places to pull off road, walk around and admire the scenery.

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