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Fall River Mixed
high in Rocky Mountain National Park, this route should not be taken
one of the big routes in Colorado. Much of this route is above timberline
at high altitude. It may be hot at the bottom and snowing at the top.
So be prepared.
After paying an entrance fee, head to Horseshoe Park and park. Head
up Old Fall River Road a one way dirt road. Watch out for the tourist
cars, although they are going slow due to the many switchbacks and steep
grades. You will go slow too.
Although the climb seems endless, you will eventually reach the Alpine
Visitor's Center. The center is a good place for a snack and beverage.
Kick back and enjoy the flat land tourists. On a recent Colorado Rough
Rider trip we had one nice lady ask if we were using oxygen. We smiled
and said: "No, but we wish we were".
Past the visitor's center the road is paved and changes to Trail Ridge
Road, the highest continous highway in the United States. Don't get
discouraged but the high point has not been reached yet. Head up hill
on Trail Ridge Road for about a mile to the high point around 12,183
ft above sea level. The road continues along high alpine rolling terrain
for several miles before steeply descending to Hidden Valley.
After Hidden Valley continue as the road changes to Fall River Road.
Turn left at the junction and head back to Horseshoe Park. Get in the
car and head to Estes Park Brewery because you've earned a beer.