Alluvial Fan Trail

EASY 140 reviews
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Alluvial Fan Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
127 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
11 days ago

Very short hike. The falls are beautiful. There were a handful of people walking and climbing all over the rocks. Definitely worth the hike.

21 days ago

There are parking lots on both sides of the Falls area. This is not really a hike but more fun scrambling and bouldering expedition. We did manage to hike about a mile back into the canyon but beware of falling rock. It looked very dangerous. Lots of fun for kids 8+ years old as far as climbing.

26 days ago

The actual hiking trail is short but spending a few hours at the Alluvial fan is worth it!

This is a great place to scramble around rocks all afternoon! Kids and teens will love this too. In early Summer the river will be roaring making it tough to cross to the other side without walking to the road. In the fall the water is generally low which allows you to hike wayyy far up the canyon.

I recommend wearing sturdy shoes for walking along the rocks but it is nice to bring water shoes if you plan on wading in the river. We always climb up on top of the huge boulders on the left side of the river and have lunch overlooking the valley. Beautiful views and a fun afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

This was great with kids. They really enjoyed climbing on the rocks. Beautiful with great views.

1 month ago

Beautiful falls. Flowing pretty decent when we were there in May. Climbed all the way to the top with the kids. Kid loved wading in the water as well. Great place to hang and enjoy the scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Very short hike but nice. Went with my 2 boys on a Thursday late afternoon and we had the Falls all to our selves for over an hour. We climbed to the top and had a nice view. The hike was easy and the climb was moderate. Nice spot for pictures and we saw several large bucks in the area grazing.

1 month ago

If you're willing to climb up some rocks along the waterfall, you'll be rewarded with a great view. The trail itself is very short, but it would be challenging for anyone who was not very sure-footed.

hiking
1 month ago

Very peaceful and good place to have an impromptu lunch.

walking
2 months ago

Come on...Rocky Mountain we're talking about...every place is beautiful...some more than others....even a short little hike like this for some disabled 55+/- year olds has great rewards...waterfalls....love n peace 2 all...---...

hiking
2 months ago

Did this one with the family. Good short hike and the kiddo fell in the water (lol). Enjoyed all the rocks and climbed almost to the top. The waterfall is definitely cool.

hiking
2 months ago

SO many people crawling all over the place here!

2 months ago

Super easy hike. Waterfall is 5 minutes from the trailhead. Would recommend going to the west side if you're looking to go up a bit higher. The east side doesn't go all the way to the top.

2 months ago

Fun hike great falls at the end

3 months ago

Considering no one seems to go here or even know about it, it is worth the 2 minutes off the main road and 3 min walk. Impressive story. Bring swim trucks and shoes and get in or hike to the top and get a cool view

hiking
3 months ago

easy hike to do as soon as you get there, takes like five minutes and extremely worth it

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is great. It is quick and easy and the waterfall is breathtaking. You can go up the east or the west side. We went up both but the west side allows you to climb to the top of the waterfall via some “paths” and rocks. Must do in RMNP.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an awesome place to bring your kids! It’s fun to walk around the bottom and then try to make it up the sides of the river/waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful falls and fun rock climbing. Easy hike, more scrambling than hiking, although the first section is more like a gravel driveway and doable for everyone. East parking lot has better view of the falls without the climb.

hiking
4 months ago

My son and visited Alluvial Fan on 6/5. It wasn’t too busy in the late afternoon. We had a great time scrambling over the rocks, and the views were absolutely beautiful. This is a must do when visiting the park.

4 months ago

A short walk from the car to the river. Lots of rocks for the kids to hop on while exploring along the river. Beautiful views.

4 months ago

5/24. Loved this area. Not really a hike but a fun spot to stop and climb rocks! The falls were beautiful! We did walk both sides of the falls. You can really see the full debris field from around Many Curves. Beautiful from a distance too.

hiking
11 months ago

I explored the west side of the debris field and falls. It was a lot of fun scrambling over the rocks and boulders of all sizes. This was the first stop during my visit to RMNP back in July. I knew immediately that I was in for a treat when a coyote wandered very close by just as I was getting out of the car. And in an update, I recently read that construction of a new trail and bridge has just begun, replacing what was destroyed in a 2013 flood.

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Nice easy trail with an explanation of what occurred years earlier that formed the area.

walking
Monday, September 11, 2017

7-30-2017
Very pretty waterfall, and a very good place to take a visitor from out of town to see some beautiful views. Not a hike at all. Chaotic crowd and limited parking, as to be expected.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

We parked at the West Alluvial Fan parking lot and were able to cross over to the east side. Nice short hike with sounds of rushing water. Nice water fall and great picture opportunity.

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Nice Waterfall. Hard to find trail.

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The walk to the falls is too short and the little climbing there is it is dangerous

Friday, August 04, 2017

We parked on the east side and went off the trail and climbed up the hills. We took off our shoes and crossed the falls stream and that was possibly the highlight of this hike. We hiked up the west side hills. Amazing views!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Awesome! We loved it, and the kids could have played all day. Only one fell in - and it wasn't a kid. Get there!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

had lunch there and a quick hike if you can call it that. nice falls i crossed over to the middle and got right up in there. not sure if i would classify this a s a hike, just a place to see

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