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Address: Old Fall River Rd, About 3 Mi West of the Fall River Entrance Station, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Alluvial Fan ~ Beautiful Destination

The Alluvial Fan is a must see for anyone visiting the park. In 1982, the Lawn Lake Flood created this beautiful landscape while creating destruction and loss of life as it went... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Estes Park, Colorado
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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

The Alluvial Fan is a must see for anyone visiting the park. In 1982, the Lawn Lake Flood created this beautiful landscape while creating destruction and loss of life as it went through Estes Park and down the Big Thompson Canyon. Again, in September of 2013, another flood came and went, moving the Alluvial Fall a little farther west. You... More 

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Indiana
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Interesting, but better things to see and hike to. It is amazing how the force of water can make such drastic changes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Easily accessed waterfall just inside RMNP. Very short hiking trail from the parking lot, often busy in the summer and frozen in the winter.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

This is worth stopping as the water is not a far walk from the car. Easy access to a very interesting water way...

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KY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This waterfall is steps from the parking lot, it is a great spot if you have people in your group that cannot do hikes. Beautiful views, great picnic spot, and lots of climbing if you want. Great stop.

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Derby, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

There are so many things to see in Rocky Mountain National Park that you might overlook something called the "alluvial fan." But this is well work an hour of your time. Several years ago, a dam broke and its water swept down into Horseshoe park--and on into Estes Park. The flood left behind this "fan" or mud, trees and rocks... More 

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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We were completely unaware of the history of this feature, although we'd come across the name in our research. So glad we stopped. The hike from the eastern car park up to the river was lovely - a bit of a scramble in places, but gorgeous colour along the way. Then we were shocked & fascinated to read the information... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We have been coming to RMNP for 20 years and it is amazing the see the changes this area has gone through. From completely redoing the area and adding bridges and a nicer walking path to the floods of 2013 that totally reconfigured the area. Still one of the most interesting and unique places in the park. Great for a... More 

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Littleton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We enjoy the picnic area just beyond the alluvial fan and stopped here to walk on Saturday. It was crowded because it is elk rut season and this whole park is very busy. It took a long time to rebuild the bridge that was washed out in September 2013 and the replacement bridge, road and stream are not as interesting... More 

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Dover, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This was my 4 year old daughter's favorite part of the park. She loved climbing all the large rocks. It is a bit difficult to climb since the flood washed away the walking paths up to the falls but well worth the effort to climb the rocks to see the view.

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