Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Old Fall River Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Expected To Open Today, June 29

Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is expected to open this Wednesday, June 29, for the season. Old Fall River Road normally opens by the Fourth of July holiday weekend. This summer, during periods of high vehicle congestion, park staff may restrict vehicle access when needed on Old Fall River Road. The road will close for the season to vehicles on Monday, October 3, for annual maintenance, and reopen to bicycles and pedestrians from October 7 through November 30. On December 1, the road will revert to trail status.

Old Fall River Road was built between 1913 and 1920. It is an unpaved road which 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. Vehicles over 25 feet and vehicles pulling trailers are prohibited on the road.

From Chapin Pass hikers will have access to the outstanding Chapin/Chiquita/Ypsilon hike which takes hikers near the very top of the Mummy Range.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.


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