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Historic Fall River Hydroplant

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Address: 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park, CO
Phone Number: 970-586-6256
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Good tour, lots of history!

We enjoyed seeing the Fall River Hydroplant. We were there the last day it was open for this year. It closes on Labor Day and I am not sure when it reopens. This is a free exhibit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2015
Portageville, Missouri
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Portageville, Missouri
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67 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We enjoyed seeing the Fall River Hydroplant. We were there the last day it was open for this year. It closes on Labor Day and I am not sure when it reopens. This is a free exhibit and very interesting how the water was pumped for the Estes Park area. They also told about the flood that closed the plant... More 

Thank seasideljs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Those interested in vintage equipment will get the most from a visit. Not a large facility but helpful labels on archaic electrical pieces. Tour guide is an option if you arrived at best time--we did not and looked around on our own.

Thank Russ C
Estes Park, Colorado
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a must for anyone interested in Estes Park history, F.O. Stanley, and antique machinery. A great video on the Stanley Steamer. Knowledgeable guide answered our questions, but let us explore on our own.

Thank Rita D
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It's always nice to learn some history around such a grand location like Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. This historic site is free and our visit was hosted by a volunteer guide that described the impact of this place on the hotel it powered. Here's the kicker. I rarely take time to watch museum videos, but this one... More 

Thank Marian V
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

It's a bit out of town, but it can be found. Limited afternoon hours and an enthusiastic volunteer guide. Plenty of info about the historic flood of 1982. Well maintained. Worth visiting if you're interested in hydropower development in the area.

1 Thank Ella S
Fort Collins, Colorado
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Nice little place to walk around and explore. The museum was not open when we visited, but will go back again to learn more.

1 Thank FCLocals
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I never thought a hydroelectric plant would be an interesting tour, but I was wrong! Visiting this site just to the west of Estes Park turned out to be a great look into the past history of Estes Park, including the life of F.O. Stanley of Stanley Hotel fame (think The Shining). The "mechanical workings" of the plant were moderately... More 

1 Thank Barbara C
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

As an engineer, this place is a treasure of what went on in the Estes Valley when F.O. Stanley put his mind to a project. There is no admission charge (donations gratefully accepted) and the hours are somewhat limited (1-4 during tourist season), but well worth the diversion if you've had your fill of trees, mountains and wildlife. Might be... More 

1 Thank Douglas T
Cary, Illinois
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After touring The Stanley Hotel, we went in search of this tiny little museum. My electrical engineer husband was enthralled with it, while I mostly just took pictures of him enjoying himself. The local gentleman on duty was very informative and helpful & my husband & I really enjoyed our talk with him. Great little place, not easy to find,... More 

2 Thank 619Thumper62
Lund, Sweden
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151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We happened upon this museum one day. We had never even heard about it although we have spent lots of time in Estes Park. It is NOT in Rocky Mountain National Park as the information above indicates but it is Estes Park, near the cemetery. It was the hydropower plant built by F.O. Stanley to power his hotel and the... More 

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