Rocky’s Old Fall River Road Opens For Season

June 29, 2016
Photo: Fall River Road in RMNP (Flickr/CC)
Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer of 2013, just months before flooding heavily damaged it. It was closed until the summer of 2015.

The Old Fall River Road will open Wednesday. Park officials say drivers can expect restricted access this summer during high traffic periods.

The 9.4-mile road runs uphill from the Endovalley Picnic Area to Fall River Pass and Trail Ridge Road. It follows the steep slope of Mount Chapin's south face.

Vehicles longer than 25 feet and vehicles pulling trailers are prohibited on the one-way path.

The road will close Oct. 3 and reopen to pedestrians and bikers from Oct. 7 through Nov. 30 before reverting back to trail status.

The road, which was built in the early 1900s, follows a path once used by Indian hunters.