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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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Activities: Driving
Description: 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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Very heart pounding ride up the mountain on a one-way, gravel road. Narrow hairpin turns (no campers/trailers allowed). Lovely views of streams, trees, and tundra. Please do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Edinburg, Texas
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Edinburg, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Very heart pounding ride up the mountain on a one-way, gravel road. Narrow hairpin turns (no campers/trailers allowed). Lovely views of streams, trees, and tundra. Please do not WALK ON THE TUNDRA!!!! It takes 100s of years for plants to grow and only minutes for you to kill it with your shoe. There are pull-offs for you to catch your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Decided to try this route after reading about it on Colorado websites. Glad we did. You don't need four wheel drive, but some ruts on switchbacks could cause problems for lower clearance cars. Since it is a one way road, you don't have to worry about meeting oncoming vehicles. There are several places to pull over and let cars by.... More 

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This makes the journey up to the Alpine Visitors Center from Estes Park much more interesting. If you trust your vehicle, take this one-way dirt road instead of the paved Trail Ridge Road up to the visitors center. The views are much more dramatic and the drive more adventurous!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The ranger recommended this to us, even in our compact rental, said it has been closed for the last 2 years. It was a cool drive, dirt road but in good shape. We took our time and spent a little over 2 hours before exiting at the Alpine Center. From there, though, there was construction and it tool us 45... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This was a terrific drive. It is not scary unless you are deathly afraid of heights. I found it easy and very enjoyable. There were a lot of cars on the road the day I went up. Chasm Falls is beautiful, stop and enjoy. I would have stopped more but pull outs have limited space and often they were full... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a one way dirt road that is only open during the summer. It is super scenic. The road ends at The Alpine Visitors Center. It is an awesome drive.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Even though this is a gravel road, it is easily traversed with a standard car -- 4 wheel drive not required. A great alternative to Trail Ridge Road to the Alpine Visitors Center from the east side of the park. Lots of opportunity to see willdlife -- especially early in the mornings.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

It was a one way driving scenic road and the view was fantastic. We really enjoyed the driving and the view along the way.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Fall River Road with its switchbacks and dirt road, keeps the spirit of the old Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a slower more interesting way to the top of Trail Ridge Road. Take your time and stop at the Waterfall and the many pull-outs along the way. You are likely to see deer, elf and Big horn sheep. The... More 

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Lindenhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We went with a great tour guide named Kevin at Rocky Mountain Rush tours. This is a great route to see wildlife and beautiful waterfalls. Nice to travel with someone that is knowledgeable about the area . A windy narrow road that offers spectacular views when you are not driving (much nicer to have someone else drive so you can... More 

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