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Rocky Mountain National Park's unpaved Old Fall River Road is now open for the season after delay

Old Fall River Road in RMNP
Posted at 11:23 AM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 13:28:48-04

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Winter conditions are still holding on to some parts of Colorado, but it released its grasp enough for officials to open one popular unpaved and scenic road in a national park.

Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park officially opened on July 12. Typically, it's open by the Fourth of July weekend, but winter conditions kept it closed for an extra week.

Since then, crews have been able to clear snow from the road and perform necessary maintenance to make it safe for visitors.

The road is 9.5 miles long. It begins at Endovalley Picnic Area and takes drivers above treeline at Fall River Pass along the steep slope of Mount Chapin’s south face. Because it is narrow and winding, it is one-way and drops drivers off at Trail Ridge Road, which is a two-way paved road.

The road will close for the season on Oct. 7, 2019.

For more information about the park, visit its website here or call the information office at 970-586-1206.