“The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.”Helen Keller
Labor Day Weekend 2021: The mountains called my name and I merrily answered.
I spent half of my childhood living at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. And still, I see and experience new things every time I return. Old Fall River Road was no exception and it was one highlight on our four-day Colorado adventure.
“The Old Road” as the locals call it, opened in 1920 as the first route for automobiles within RMNP. It is about 9 miles of curves, switchbacks, no guard rails, waterfalls, off-the-beaten-path trails, and awe-inspiring beauty.
If driving the posted 15 mph speed limit it would take roughly 45 minutes to complete the route. However, we drove about 5 mph and I recommend giving yourself half of the day; it takes time, as you can see from my photos.
The Alpine Visitor Center was an impressive stop and a much-needed break after the exploring. It is made up of two buildings. One filled with maps, museum-like displays, and rangers on duty to answer any questions. The other, a large souvenir shop and cafe that was packed with people, handcrafted cultural keepsakes, and incredible views.
I sipped on a cup of hot coffee, purchased my usual souvenir patch, and used a clean restroom, before heading out towards Grand Lake and more mountain majesty.
I highly recommend adding Rocky Mountain National Park and Old Fall River Road to your list of must-see adventures… if you also hear the mountains calling your name.
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