Thing to Do

Drive Old Fall River Road

Autumn colors on Old Fall River Road
Autumn colors on Old Fall River Road


Important Dates:

Old Fall River Road is a seasonal road. Old Fall River Road is closed for the 2022-2023 season to vehicles. The road will be closed to all uses through Friday, October 7, for park staff to conduct road maintenance.

Old Fall River Road will reopen temporarily to bicycles, leashed pets and walkers from Saturday October 8, through Monday, October 10.

Starting Tuesday, October 11, Old Fall River Road will close again to all uses for continued road maintenance through Friday, October 14.

On Saturday, October 15, the road will reopen to bicycles, leashed pets and walkers through November 30. Leashed pets and bicycles are only allowed on the road, not on side trails.

On December 1, the road will revert to trail status and bicycles and leashed pets will not be allowed on the road.

What to Expect?

Old Fall River Road is a narrow, dirt road. Experience an incredible 9-mile scenic drive on Old Fall River Road, beginning at the Endovalley Picnic Area and ending at the summit of Fall River Pass and the parking area for the Alpine Visitor Center at an elevation of 11,796 feet.

Take in stunning views of Mount Chapin and Chasm Falls as you climb through the sub-alpine and into the alpine life zones. Old Fall River Road was built over 7 years, beginning in July 1913 and dedicated on September 14, 1920.

Be Prepared

  • While safe to drive for most passenger vehicles, Old Fall River Road has a dirt surface and is winding and narrow.
  • Beginning at the Endovalley Picnic Area, Old Fall River Road is a one-way uphill road only. Old Fall River Road connects with Trail Ridge Road at the Alpine Visitor Center. 
  • Drivers have an opportunity to take a short hike to Chasm Falls from a pullout. Keep an eye out for wildlife - elk, mule deer, yellow-bellied marmots and pikas could all be in the area.
  • This road is very narrow and steep, with sharp turns. A some points, the grade is as steep as 16%. Vehicles longer than 25 feet in length and vehicles with trailers are prohibited.
  • Use a lower gear. The speed limit is 15 mph.
  • Be prepared for cooler temperatures as you climb in elevation and keep an eye out for afternoon thunderstorms, especially as you climb above treeline.
  • Drivers with fears of heights and/or drop offs may be advised to avoid this road. 
Scenic Driving
Pets on leash may only walk on roads, near campgrounds and picnic areas in Rocky Mountain National Park. Pets are prohibited on all trails, tundra and meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park. 
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Old Fall River Road begins at the Endovalley Picnic Area. This is a 9-mile road to the Alpine Visitor Center

From late May to late October, Timed Entry Permit Reservations are requied to enter most areas of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Timed Entry Permit Reservations can only be booked online. One Timed Entry Permit Reservation is $2.00 and non-refundable. 

There are two Timed Entry Permit options available (you only need one): Park Access + Bear Lake Road or Park Access, Does Not Include Bear Lake Road.

Timed Entry Permits are vehicle permits. One Timed Entry Permit will cover one vehicle and all passengers in the vehicle. Timed Entry Permit Holders must enter the park during their reseved 2-hour reservation window. 

Learn more about the park's TImed Entry Permit Reservation program 

Accessibility Information
This is a dirt road.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Last updated: August 21, 2023