Old Fall River Road set to open this weekend | SkyHiNews.com

Old Fall River Road set to open this weekend

Officials from Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday announced the expected weekend opening of Old Fall River Road.

According to park representatives Old Fall River Road is anticipated to open for the season this Saturday.

“Old Fall River Road normally opens by the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” stated park officials. “This summer, during periods of high vehicle congestion, park staff may restrict vehicle access when needed on Old Fall River Road.”

The high alpine thoroughfare is set to close for the season on Oct. 1 for annual maintenance. According to park officials, the road will reopen for both bicycle and pedestrian traffic on Oct. 6 and remain open to those two modes of travel through Nov. 30. On Dec. 1 Old Fall River Road will convert to “trail status” officials stated.

Old Fall River Road was built between 1913 and 1920. The unpaved road travels from Endovalley Picnic Area to Fall River Pass above treeline and follows the steep slope of Mount Chapin’s south face. The one-way winding route totals just under 10 miles and prohibits travel from vehicles over 25 feet or those pulling trailers.

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