Old Fall River Road
Advisory Note: OLD FALL RIVER ROAD WILL BE CLOSED IN 2014.
Starting July 28 Old Fall River Road will be closed to all uses as major road repair starts. The Roaring River Bridge is washed out. Bicycles and pets on leashes are not permitted past the barricade on the road.
The Old Fall River Road was the only road to Fall River Pass until Trail Ridge Road was built in the early 1930s. Today it is a one-way dirt road that runs between Endovalley and the Pass. It is narrow and has many switchbacks, but it is a beautiful and safe drive.
There is a map available at the entrance of the Old Fall River Road that points out many interesting sites and geological areas on your way to Fall River Pass.
One of these is Chasm Falls. There is a parking area at the falls if you would like to take the short walk to the bottom of the falls.
Many varieties and colors of wildflowers grow along the Old Fall River Road. Also, be sure to watch for elk, deer, bighorn sheep and marmots when you get above tree line.
The Park Service does not plow this road except for the last portion near the Alpine Visitor Center. Each year after the snow melts, the road is graded before it is open for vehicle traffic. Opening date for the Old Fall River Road is usually around the 4th of July. Snow usually closes it sometime in late September or October, and it converts to a winter trail for snowshoers and cross country skiers. Bikes and pets on leashes are not allowed on the road in the winter. From June 1 - July 4 it is open exclusively to bikes on Sat., Sun., and Mondays.
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