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Alluvial Fan

Fall River Rd., about 3 mi from the Fall River entrance station, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors

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Wichita
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My husband and I have visited the Alluvial Fan every year since we started coming to the park and it never fails to impress. It's such a peaceful place and yet, so loud at the same time. It's always remarkable to see tiny people climbing over the car-sized boulders to get a better, higher view and it's really an easy... More 

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Denver
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355 reviews 355 reviews
151 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This fan has been built by a flood long ago from a dam breach up at Lawn Lake and more recently by the floods of 2013. It's almost like looking at a moonscape. It's amazing to look at the size of some of the rocks and simply the sheer mass of silt and dirt and realize it's all been carried... More 

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My Wife and I got Married at the Alluvial Fan October 2012 it has changed due to the floods in 2013 but still well worth the short hike

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Kansas City, Missouri
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Never knew rocks could be this large ----- gorgeous area, but the power of nature is really seen. Don't need a lot of time to see all this, but worth the time as every other area of RMNP.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The hike to the Alluvial Fan was fairly easy and the scenery was great. We went in the mid-morning and it was already a bit crowded, but not enough to bother us or discourage me from recommending a visit.

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Sugar Land
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364 reviews 364 reviews
121 attraction reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

this was our one detour from Trail Ridge Road. Our time in RMNP was very short, but this was totally worth seeing. Beautiful and different and what a story about it's creation. Kids will like seeing this.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Alluvial Fan barely exist anymore! Alluvial Fan parking is GONE! We parked where the sign CLOSED asphalt road. Got off our car & followed the road... that don't exist! You can hear rushing water as you approached the damage Alluvial Fan parking. The 2013 Colorado flood extensively damage this area where Alluvial Fan Falls supposed to be. We crossed the... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The alluvial fan is located in the northern part of the Rocky Mountain National Park, on the Fall River Road which has been closed for some time. The fan was caused by debris washed down from the mountains. It is fun to scramble across the boulders and get a feel for the power of Nature to move incredible amounts of... More 

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Tecumseh, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Just a few hundred feet from the parking lot you'll find the road washed out and you will find a sea of large boulders filling the river valley. Though the small river still rushes by, it's hard to imagine the raging torrents which tossed these boulders down the mountain side leaving a path of destruction in it's wake. Take some... More 

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Dallas, TX
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is one of the places we visit each year when we're in RMNP. Before last fall's floods, we'd have a great time wading in the water, climbing on the rocks and boulders, and making our way to the top of the easily accessible falls. When we first saw the AV last Thanksgiving after the floods, it was sad to... More 

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