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Address: US 34, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
Phone Number: 970-586-1206
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This dramatic and scenic roadway built in 1913 followed an old Indian...

This dramatic and scenic roadway built in 1913 followed an old Indian pathway that climbed over 3,000 feet.

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A fabulous mountain drive on a dirt road

This was the original road up to the summit in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is now a one-way dirt road that starts just inside RMNP in Estes Park and ends behind the gift... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Madison, Wisconsin
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254 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were told about the beauty of the Old Fall River Road, so we were eager to take the drive. We were extremely disappointed. Yes, the scenery is lovely, but the problem is that it is impossible to enjoy. The issue is that there are a lot of cars on the single lane dirt road, and there are very few... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the original road up to the summit in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is now a one-way dirt road that starts just inside RMNP in Estes Park and ends behind the gift shop/cafeteria at the summit. It took 15 minutes just to get through the parking lot and head back down! There was lots of traffic on the... More 

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed every minute of the Old Fall River Road. Just before Mile 1.4 we parked at parking area and climbed up along Chasm Falls. The rocks were a little hard to negotiate but well worth it. It was how I imagined Colorado. We were able to take our time. We got on at 9:00 and it became busier. We... More 

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Thank Ohioillinois
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to RMNP several times. This was my first trip down Old Fall River Road. It was fantastic! There is MUCH less traffic on this road compared to Trail Ridge Road. The views are spectacular! One word of caution. If you have a vehicle with a very low base there are a few spots that might be a... More 

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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gravel road with multiple switchbacks up the side of the mountain. Neat drive and a good chance to see some wildlife near the top. Ends at Alpine Visitors Center.

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Livermore, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

RMNP is a once in a lifetime adventure. Everything about the park bring us into a world of wonder. Every time I come here I see new and amazing things.

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Columbus, Ohio
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was lucky and went to RMNP during one of the open months for this road (August). It's a one-way only dirt road that reconnects with the Trail Ridge Road at the Alpine Visitor Center. While it is a dirt road, it is well maintained, and there are several pul-off areas to stop at. You will need a someone confident... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took Old Fall River Road across Rocky Mountain National Park and we are so glad that we did! It wasn't crowded at all and we were able to go at our own pace. There are plenty of places to stop if needed, as well as a couple of trailheads. One of the trails includes the Chasm Waterfall and this... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The guide at the Rocky Mountain National Park visitor center recommended we take the Old Fall River Road which is only open a view months out of the year and return via the Trail Ridge Road. Great Advice! The road is one way so you do not have to worry about anyone coming down the mountain and there are lots... More 

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Thank HikingT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're going to Rocky Mountain National Park then you MUST take Old Fall River Road!!! And don't have a Jeep company take you; driving it is a fun experience!! Every twist and turn is so beautiful and you can pull over periodically and walk around, take pictures etc. plus because it's a gradual climb to 12,000 ft your ears... More 

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