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Old Fall River Road will open to vehicles Friday, July 1

Travelers are reminded to plan ahead for timed entry reservation permit system
Old Fall River Road was built between 1913 and 1920.


Old Fall River Road—which normally opens by the fourth of July weekend—is open to vehicles on Friday, July 1.  

Built between 1913 and 1920, Old Fall River Road is an unpaved road which travels from the 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, as well as vehicles pulling trailers, are prohibited from accessing the road.   

Travelers to the area are recommended to plan ahead in preparation for Rocky Mountain National Park’s pilot temporary timed entry permit reservation system, which began on May 27.  

There are two types of reservations:

  • The first reservation permit is for the Bear Lake Road Corridor, which includes the entire corridor and access to the rest of the park. This reservation period is from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The second reservation permit is for the rest of Rocky Mountain National Park, excluding the Bear Lake Road corridor. This reservation period is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes Old Fall River Road and Trail Ridge Road.

Permits issued using the reservation system allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability. The reservation system applies to all areas of the park. 

For more information about the timed entry reservation system, and a link to, you can visit

And for more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, you can either visit or call the park’s information office at (970) 586-1206.