Sunday, July 13, 2014

Fall River Visitor Center and Road - RMNP - 7/13/14

We entered at the Beaver Meadows Entrance for our two earlier visits to the Rocky Mountain National Park last week. Today, we decided to check out the Fall River Visitor Center and Old Fall River Road.

I had read about the nice wildlife exhibits at the visitor center, so we stopped here to check them out and pick up some information about the current status of the Fall River Road.

The exhibits consisted of either bronze sculptures or mounted specimens with lots of interesting facts. Here are some photos.

Big horn sheep.
River otter.

The Old Fall River Road is the original historic road through conifer forest and tundra. At the Visitor Center we learned that the road is currently closed (scheduled to re-open in 2015) above the Alluvial Fan due to the flood in September, 2013.

We proceeded to the Sheep Lakes and stopped along the way for some photo ops.

Sheep Lakes.

Views along along the way.

We enjoyed seeing another part of the park. We plan to do some more hiking during the week when we hope it is a bit less crowded than on the weekends.

As described in our previous posts about the Rocky Mountain National Park, the admission fee is $20  per vehicle. John has a senior pass so we are able to get into the park for free. We are really enjoying the flexibility of seeing different sections in the park without having to pay an additional fee for each visit.  We were glad that we visited in the morning as there were again thunderstorms and some heavy rain in the afternoon.


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