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Old Fall River Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Soon Will Be Closing For Maintenance, Then Winter


The season's just about over for Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. NPS photo.

Time is running out to explore Rocky Mountain National Park via the Old Fall River Road, which is scheduled to close for maintenance on October 10. Winter closure likely won't be too far behind once heavy snows arrive.

Road maintenance is scheduled to take place on October 10, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17. In the event of good weather, clear road conditions, and the absence of road maintenance; bicycles and pets on leashes may be permitted as indicated by signs.

The road will eventually revert to winter trail status beyond Alluvial Fan. This typically occurs in November. Old Fall River Road normally opens by the Fourth of July holiday weekend but this year, due to minimal spring snow, the road opened on June 15.

Old Fall River Road was built between 1913 and 1920. It is an unpaved road that travels from Endovalley Picnic Area to above treeline at Fall River Pass, following the steep slope of Mount Chapin’s south face. Due to the winding, narrow nature of the road, the scenic 9.4-mile route leading to Trail Ridge Road is one-way only.

For those visitors who want to confirm the status of Old Fall River Road, please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.


I think the maddest my wife ever got at me was when I decided to drive back a few years ago on Old Fall river road late in the day. It got pitch dark before we got to the end. She thought for sure it was going to be our last day on earth! LOL

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