Old Fall River Road is a seasonal delight in RMNP — The Know – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2021-07-18 08:05:25 –

While driving 11 miles on Oldfall River Road, you’re in the middle of a wilderness with stunning waterfalls, incredible trees, and this marmot-like wildlife. (Jan Rigby, Estes Park Trail Gazette)

Sometimes lacks make the experience feel more valuable. Perhaps that’s when the driver travels on the Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Climbing a one-way dirt road is a seasonal pleasure. Old Fall River is only open from July 3rd to October 4th this year.

A recent drive on a historic road has created a lot of joy. There are stunning views, the sound of flowing water, and lots of amazing plants and wildlife.

The Old Fall River was the first motorway to climb the mountains of the park. Built in 1920, it took advantage of the wind from the switchback, Horseshoe Park to the Old Fall River Pass, the 11,796-foot Alpine Visitor Center.

View of Chasm Falls from Oldfall River Road. (Jan Rigby, Estes Park Trail Gazette)

According to the National Park Service, the road follows an old route first used by Native American hunters a few years ago.

When driving on the road in a modern car, it’s hard to imagine what it would look like when it first opened. The experience must have been refreshing.

During the 11-mile drive, you are in the midst of a wonderful waterfall (Chasm Falls), a wilderness with incredible trees and wildlife. On the way to the top of the Alpine Center, there were some marmot sightings.

Old Fall River Road does not have guardrails. The speed limit is 15 mph, but drivers will want to go even slower for incredible views. There are several pull-offs to stop and take a picture.

This is the best natural drive. The easiest way to reach the road is from the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Upon returning to Estes Park, the driver descends Trail Ridge Road.

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