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Old Fall River Road

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Address: US 34, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
Phone Number: 970-586-1206
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This dramatic and scenic roadway built in 1913 followed an old Indian...

This dramatic and scenic roadway built in 1913 followed an old Indian pathway that climbed over 3,000 feet.

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Wonderful drive

See a side of the park that is off the well traveled roads. This is a one way gravel road and well worth the drive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Hurst, Texas
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Hurst, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

See a side of the park that is off the well traveled roads. This is a one way gravel road and well worth the drive.

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Krum, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I consider myself a pretty adventurous person but seriously driving on this road was my own personal hell. I don't know what I expected but halfway through I thought I was literally having a heart attack. I couldn't even get my car above 5mph. I've never been so scared in my life. I was balling like a baby most of... More 

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Estes Park, Colorado
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This one-way road usually opens on Memorial Day Weekend. If you are fortunate enough to be here on opening day, a Stanley Steamer is the first vehicle up. The road is dirt with some type of surface put on it to keep the dust down. There are more than one sharp hairpin curves. Can you imagine, this road was once... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This was the first time we were able to go up the road. In the past when we were there it was closed or we didn't have time to go. This trip we went twice!! We were lucky the first day as it had just opened and not a lot of traffic. We were able to pull over several place... More 

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Winnsboro, Louisiana
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

It was spur of the moment - we'd read about it, but wasn't sure the road was going to be graded and safe to drive. But when we got to the turn off, we took it. It was great. Views were awesome. The road sometimes is narrow, with many switchbacks, but it's one-way traffic so not hazardous. We absolutely enjoyed... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Me and my family arrived at the park around 12. When we payed our park entrance fee we asked the ranger what was the one thing we should do since we were only in the park for the afternoon. She then asked if we had 45 minutes and we replied yes. After that she gave us 2 other things to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Unless you are phobicly afraid of heights, I urge you to take this road up to the Trail Ridge Visiter Center (it is one-way up so you will travel the highway and all it's lookout spots down). There are several stops to be made on the way up just to look over the Glacier Gorge area for views of the... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

WOW! Not something you will forget. No large trucks or trailers. The sights are great and not to many places to pull out. Dirt road and it is only one way up. Can not be afraid of driving on a narrow road with lots of turns.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We stumbled on this road when I noticed that it is only open for part of the year (and closing very soon after our visit) - which means we better take advantage of it! It is one way, uphill only, 11 miles long, all dirt, and built in 1921. It is narrow, full of switchbacks, and there are no guardrails.... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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183 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

You will always remember this trip because it is such a blast. Nine miles up a dirt road through the trees then above the tree line with beautiful views along the way. There are plenty of great pix on this page, but it's not the same as the real thing. The ranger at Alpine Visitor Center said that the rangers... More 

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