Old Fall River Road

EASY 25 reviews
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Old Fall River Road is a 10.5 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3280 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Take the original road built for cars in Rocky Mountain NP. Start in Horseshoe Park and drive a one way dirt road good enough for any car. End up in the tundra at the top of the world.

22 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun easy off-road trail, rewarding. A few tight switchbacks.

1 month ago

off road driving
1 month ago

This is the original high country road, completed in 1920, that was built to connect the eastern and western sides of RMNP. It is 11 miles long, dirt/gravel (but not difficult), one-way with multiple switchbacks and a lot of fun. It eventually makes its way up to the Alpine Visitor Center at 11,796 feet, where it connects to the Trail Ridge Road. Be sure to stop for the walk to Chasm Falls near the beginning of the road. Another must-do is the short hike to Marmot Point just before reaching Alpine Ridge (it's just under a mile round trip and only about 330 feet of elevation gain...but you still may feel it, particularly if you are not yet acclimated to the high elevation). The 360 degree views from this peak are spectacular. I passed grazing elk and lots of marmots on the way to the top. This was one of my favorite spots when I visited the park in late July.

hiking
2 months ago

Road closed for season so we hiked this challenging uphill hike 5 1/2 miles up! Wanted to continue but needed to complete the 5 1/2 downhill. The second unmarked waterfall was pretty also. Snow capped peaks to view as you climb the trail.

off road driving
2 months ago

scenic driving
2 months ago

a must.

hiking
2 months ago

off road driving
2 months ago

2 months ago

Awesome trail to drive if the weather isn't bad, amazing views.

3 months ago

Fun time for the family with spectacular views. Didn't challenge the Jeep but nice to have a high ground clearance vehicle for some areas. Would do it again just for fun when in the area.

off road driving
4 months ago

Not really offroading, because it's a mostly smooth dirt road, but the views are incredible! I did this in my tiny Prius C with cheap all season tires. It is one way. When you get to the end there's the visitor center and food and a shop and bathrooms. A nice diversion.

off road driving
4 months ago

3 stars for the view and a peaceful way to get to the summit. My husband's truck was overkill for this trip. The trail is too dainty for my taste, for off road driving. If your looking for "EASY" 4x4 fun go to Pole Hill trail.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Definitely worth your time, though the views are better once you get to Trail Ridge Road. The 'scariness factor' is overhyped...it's not that bad. Be sure to make the stops at the Alluvial Fan and Chasm Falls along the way. On Chasm Falls, you can make the harder climb up the trail/boulders along the falls if you stop at the first pullout (unmarked but you'll see water). If you're feeling less ambitious, stop at the marked pullout and walk down some stairs to the observation deck...best views are right there.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Awesome drive. The guy who said it was just a dirt road must be Rocky Mountain High.

scenic driving
5 months ago

We love spending a day picnicking at Endovalley picnic site next to the beautiful Fall River. Then we pack up and start driving up the Old Fall River Road for amazing views you just don't get from Trail Ridge Road. Take your time driving, sometimes there are people hiking, taking a pull-off to hike and see waterfalls, and viewing animals. On our last trip (7/2/17), we saw marmots and elk right in front of our car. If you're ready to stretch your legs at the end of the dirt road, stop at the Alpine Visitors Center to refill your bottle with clean mountain water and hike up to the top to pose with the "12,000 ft" sign. This makes for a great sight-seeing day, we frequently do this with 3 generations of our family.

off road driving
5 months ago

It's a dirt road. Just taking Trail Ridge is much prettier!

8 months ago

No one was on this old dirt road trail when we hiked it in July of 2011. Beautiful views. Lots of bear and elk sign.

scenic driving
9 months ago

scenic driving
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Love taking the narrow and curvy one way dirt road to the top. Its a slow drive, but its beautiful. Amazing views all the up to the Tundra, where you can find lots of Elk, and even snow left from the previous winter.

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