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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 July until September.

Length 10.5 mi Elevation gain 3,280 ft Route type Point to Point

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Ohv / off road driving

Running

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. STATUS: Closes for motorized travel in winter (usually later Sept) but it is open to snowshoeing and cross county skiing during the winter. Opening date for driving the Old Fall River Road is usually around the 4th of July. It is open to bicycles and leashed pets starting early in Oct - November 30, re-opening for them on April 1. 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. Speed limit is 15mph and there are no guard rails, but this is a fairly safe route for driving.

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Jennifer Poepsel Hines
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Hiking

Just took this trail all the way up to the alpine center. The road must have just opened because the sign still said it was closed on the road. The road was in great condition and the views were breathtaking. A great trail if you want a little different terrain.

Aubry Andreas
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Mountain bikingIcyMuddy

You can get all the way to Alpine Visitor Center. Still quite a bit snow in areas but manageable if you’re biking!

Kay Hikes Away
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Mountain bikingClosed

Great time to ride this road! Old Fall River Road is currently closed to cars. The road is in terrific shape, no ruts or washouts. You can ride to the Chapman Pass Trailhead but from there the road is impassable, covered in snow.

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Lorie & Sean Y.
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Hiking

Such an amazing fall drive! Highly recommended. You will need tons of patience, It is very heavily trafficked!

Robyn Miller
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HikingIcySnow

On 11-1 I hiked from alluvial fan parking to chasm falls. Snow was ankle/mid calf deep most of the way up old Fall River rd. Spikes and gaiters were extremely helpful. Followed some moose tracks most of the way. Super peaceful and deserted the whole time. The short trail to get to chasm falls from the road had some major snow drifts along portions. I postholed up to my knees in one section but made it down to the viewing deck just fine for some glorious frozen waterfall views! It was just under 5 miles round trip and around 1000 ft elevation gain.

Cathie Leslie
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Hiking

Went mid week. A few cyclists and hikers. So glad to be able to take the dogs (on leash permitted till Dec. 1) Great weather.

Jennifer Kuehn
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Hiking

Fun drive!

John Hoppe
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Hiking

Nice track. Recommend AM trek for better light (we are photographers.) Yes it is a 4x4 trail. Some severly deep potholes on the switchbacks. We saw a Prius and a Civic up there but they might have been rentals.

Joey Holcomb
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Hiking

Easy trail! Cars were able to zip by us in our jeep with little issues as we tried to take in the scenery

Gary Clayton
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Hiking

Such a wonderful drive, lots of switchbacks, steep drop offs Great views. It’s a must do

David McDonald
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Hiking

Nice drive up with an old world feel. Dirt and gravel one way road with many spots to pull off and enjoy. Getting very rutted so I would not take a car up...but many did. Worth the time to drive the old truck up the path.

Richard Monsalvo
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Off trailRocky

Great trail, went all the way to the top of Saints John and down Deer creek. Definitely need 4x4. The views are spectacular. A+ Trail. Definitely hit the skid plate on a Tacoma going down some of the hills.

Richie Madrigal
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Would recommend this trail to anyone looking for an amazing scenic getaway

Debra Van Sant
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Nice ride. Good views. Wouldn’t call it a Jeep trail though. It’s just a gravel road with lots of traffic.

Amanda M.
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Hiking

Easy trail. Great views.

Miranda N Dary Roeser
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfalls at chasm trail. Nice Easy Drive.

Leanne Farmer
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Hiking

Accessible for all vehicles.

Sean Emery
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Hiking

We did this in a Jeep we rented from Backbone. You can do this in 2WD car but there were some deep ruts in some of the curves. It’s the best way to go to Alpine visitors center.

Mark Shalkowski
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Great trail with amazing views. Trail was in very good condition, good enough that we even saw a smart car go up the final section. Saw several moose at the very beginning of the trail in the valley. We parked and hiked up to Marmot Point which was well worth it. Great views from there. Excellent trail and well worth the time.

Matt Newell
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Open and clear.

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Colin Erskine
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OHV/Off Road Driving

We hit it the day after it open to cars. We were actually expecting a lot more traffic but they're really wasn't, till we got to the tree line and then there were more cars especially at the top at Alpine visitor center.

Melissa Hallett
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Off trail
Daniel Meister
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Scenic drivingClosedSnow

July 4th - still too much snow to open! Oh well. This too was done for the best reason.

Kendra Peters
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Hiking

5/24/19. Attempted to hike up old Fall River road today around 11am, and it was already snowing a little bit when we started. We only got a little before chasm falls before the snow got a bit too much for us and we headed back down. Great road condition up to that part and probably about several miles more. There was no snow on the road at all, but lots of snow surrounding us due to the recent snowstorm. Saw several big horn sheep too! They like old Fall River road apparently.

Ellen Pickman
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Hiking

This is a great adventure.

Ryan Gibson
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Snow

Only closed to cars in April. We hiked this April 3rd and thoroughly enjoyed it. Pavement in valley and bottom of dirt was dry, but snow appeared the higher up we went. We got about a mile past the TH for Chasm Falls before we started to post hole, and would need snow shoes to continue. I'd love to come back with a fatbike before it opens to cars.

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