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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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180 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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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.

Thank joecaraboys
Derby, Kansas
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69 reviews
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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 

Thank 3DQ
Haddenham, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
76 attraction reviews
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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189 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
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 

Thank jeffrey w
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207 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 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.

Thank Jennleigh79
Dallas, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Easier access to the falls using the more western of the two parking lots. More adventure for little ones scuttling up the rocks on the eastern side.

Thank Joseph H
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224 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I enjoy climbing up the rocks at the Alluvial Fan to the upper falls. Great fun and a great photo op.

Thank LucasCoolPapa
Kortessem, Belgium
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42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Small parking lot provides access after a very short walk to the falls. Possibility to scramble closer exists. Not the nicest falls (Timberline Falls near Sky Pond are better), but worth a stroll when starting the Old Fall River Road.

Thank Jan D

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