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All reviews alpine visitor center wheel drive tight turns nine miles trail ridge fall river road hairpin turns own pace take your time rental car switch backs estes park take pictures alluvial fan less traffic afraid of heights steep drop offs
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 in a turn out. Once you start, stopping and parking may not be possible without blocking the road. As the other reviews have said, go early (7:00 am) and you shouldn’t have any problems.
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
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 early in the morning as you can. The crowds in the park are outpacing the busiest year ever seen and the road jams early in the morning. If you want to avoid the traffic jams, park at the Alpine Visitor Center, use the restrooms and visit the Xanterra Gift Shop, you have to be on the road by no later than 8:00 AM. any later and you risk getting caught in massive traffic jams. Sorry, that's just the nature of the park now with so many visitors. Good luck and enjoy the drive and scenery. It will be great once you get started up the hill. Enjoy. Cheers, Rich