Old Fall River Road

EASY 14 reviews
#68 of 135 trails in

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.

10.5 miles
3359 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash




mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving





wild flowers


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.

off road driving
7 days 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
13 days 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
21 days 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
1 month ago

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

scenic driving
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

4 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
5 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.

scenic driving
Sunday, July 10, 2016

scenic driving
Sunday, July 28, 2013

When open, I'd recommend this undeveloped road as a way to the west side of RMNP to anyone who's already taken Trail Ridge Road. There are great places for photos (though not for parking) and Chasm Falls is not far from the road. We've actually hiked from Endovalley picnic area up to Chasm Falls when the road is closed at least twice and I would recommend the hike — especially for those with children. There are flowers along the road, great views from the road, and

scenic driving
Thursday, July 18, 2013

This nail biter of a ride is Amazing! If you don't like heights and steep edges this one way road is probably not a good choice. Definitely bring the camera for this one, you won't be disappointed and probably will see some snow from a close distance. Enjoy the beautiful scenery!

scenic driving
Monday, March 11, 2013

Very scenic drive suited for most all vehicles. Allow yourself plenty of time to take photos.

scenic driving
Friday, January 25, 2013

This is a fun--if nausea-inducing--scenic drive up to the visitor center atop the mountain. Appreciate the amenities of modern roads as you crawl uphill through endless switchbacks, admiring the views and stopping plenty of times for photos and elk watching along the way. There's even a little hike at the top if you need a chance to stretch your legs.