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A one way dirt road to top of Rockies at Alpine Visitor Center. Road is very steep, narrow in most... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2018
webbfoot
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Philadelphia, Tennessee
Awesome day

We were lucky to see plenty of Elk. You have to look carefully when driving. As we came around a... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Y6870DCjohnp
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This dramatic and scenic roadway built in 1913 followed an old Indian pathway that climbed over 3,000 feet.
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

I think that Alpine Ridge Trail road is a much better drive. Old Fall River Road allows you to see the park the way folks did 50 years ago. Also, it's a bit of a fun ride on this twisty, narrow road. IF TIME IS...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

A one way dirt road to top of Rockies at Alpine Visitor Center. Road is very steep, narrow in most places, with lots of very sharp switch backs. Not a lot of traffic, if you want to stop and take pictures, no problem.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

We were lucky to see plenty of Elk. You have to look carefully when driving. As we came around a bend there was an Elk eating the brush on the side of the road. I rolled down my window and I was close enough I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

The most disappointing thing about this drive was that there’s really nothing too see other than Chasm Falls, which was ok. Otherwise, the ruts in the road at most of the switchbacks made this a white knuckle drive as our rental sedan bottomed our several...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

This one-way narrow dirt road demands a driver who is paying attention to his/her driving. Lots of switchbacks and no guard rails to keep you from falling off the side of the mountain if you mess up. Lots of Aspen trees. Not much in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

One of the best drives I’ve driven! I’m ready to do again and see the Aspen in full, brilliant colors.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

This is a one way adventure that requires a higher clearance vehicle like an SUV. Each switchback was Ruyter pretty good and our suburu bottomed out. Views are great but not any better than the main road. Go to the alluvial fan and return same...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful drive up. Although a little rough here and there, views are amazing. Traffic seemed smoother as well. One up, so keep it moving. Fall is a beautiful time of the season to hit the park.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

If you come to Rocky Mountain National Park most people head for Bear Lake. Having been shut out by 9 am on a Saturday we instead took the incredibly scenic Old Fall River Road up to the Ranger Station in the saddle at nearly 12000...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

At night and in the rain this has a lot of heart-pounding moments where an elk jumps up out of the darkness up and stare you down. Accidentally thought I'd have enough time to get through the 12 miles before it got dark, but it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from bybW743RG | Reviewed this property |
I can only think of one or two switchbacks that will be really tough for you and may require some backing to get in position for the turn, but you’ll be able to make it up. I’d be worried about parking by the water fall or... More
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Arnav1310
June 28, 2018|
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Response from Richard R | Reviewed this property |
Do the drive early in the morning. Better chance of seeing wildlife. Fewer cars on the road. You will have no problems driving up Old Fall River Road. I would very strongly suggest that you start up Old Fall River Road as... More
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