It was a gorgeous day to take a walk up Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. The sun was shining and the skies were blue and it was about 60 degrees out. Not bad for March!
Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is closed for the winter, and has been closed since the flood in September of 2013, but will re-open next summer.
It is a winding, one-way up 9 mile dirt road that lands you at the top of Trail Ridge Road by the Alpine Visitor’s Center. It’s definitely worth the drive, but not for the faint of heart!
We walked from the picnic area by the Alluvial Fan down to the entrance, which you can see. I couldn’t decide which one I like better…the black and white photograph or the color one. What do you think?
When the flood hit last year it brought down “football fields” full of rocks and boulders at the Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park. It wiped out the walking bridge and re-routed the river.
The NPS has just finished repairing the road and built a new bridge over the river so that cars can now drive into the west parking lot.
One-way Old Fall River Road should open on time, July 4th weekend, next summer.
This photograph is of the old walking bridge on the trail to the Alluvial Fan. It looks like a little waterfall. There is now a short gravely trail from the road part way up through the boulders, but no bridge to get across. This couple hopped across the rocks to get across. But be careful, the river is running pretty fast. You can also get to the other side from the east parking lot.
We took this photograph of the Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park from Rainbow Curve a few days ago. You can see the new path that the river has taken. It flows way to the left in this photograph.
I hiked up to the waterfall afterwards and the waterfall looks totally different. (I’ll post a photograph of the waterfall in a couple of days.)
You can see the road coming in on the top right and then it just ends where the river has relocated. The river used to go to the right of the little group of trees in the center, but now it flows to the left of those trees. The picnic area is in the midst of the trees on the left of where the river now flows. You cannot get to it.
RMNP got a grant to repair this road through Endovalley. You can see the piles of rocks along the sides of the road. Hopefully it will be done this summer.
They do not know when the repairs to Old Fall River will be completed. Old Fall River Road is primarily gravel, one-way uphill and punctuated by switchbacks, slower-paced, 11-mile-long. It got really devastated by the flood last September.
We knew that something drastic had happened in Endovalley in Rocky Mountain National Park when we saw that the entire road is shut down and barricaded. So we drove way up to Rainbow Curve to see what had happened below.
We took this photograph and then pointed out the unbelievable changes in yellow. (I posted this on my Facebook page yesterday but wanted the people who read my Blog to see it too.)
As you can see, the course of the river has changed completely and the bridge that was installed last summer is now filled with rocks and boulders. The power of running water is just incredible!
We are a little sad now as it was one of our favorite places to take a little walk and just enjoy being in the park. I’m sure that this will take a while to repair the road and build a new bridge.
But we look forward to a walk or hike here in the future. I’m sure it will still be a special place enjoyed by many.
I have had so many people asking if I would make some of my photography into note cards which they could send to their friends and family. So, Phil and I got working and created a new section for the new note cards on my website Ecardsbymel.com.
I used many of my wildflowers, wildlife, mountains, butterflies, sunrises, sunsets and birds for my new note cards. I even added a new category entitled Artistic Note Cards. They look like water-colored photographs. The photography on my note cards is from the east coast as well as from Colorado.
You can order directly from the website using a credit card or PayPal. It’s easy and fast! The note cards are available individually or in Gift Packs of 6 note cards. I gave a few out as Christmas presents and sent some of the snowy mountain scenes as Christmas cards.
Check out my new website: Ecards & Note Cards By Mel and take a peek at my new Nature Photo Note Cards (for a limited time 1 free bonus note card with 6 purchased). I hope you like them! They’ve been a lot of fun to create.
I love the spring in Rocky Mountain National Park! There are so many birds flying around,looking for that perfect home.
We saw this female Mountain Bluebird on Old Fall River Road. She looked like she was guarding her nest in the Aspen tree. It was interesting to watch as her as she darted in and out of the hole.
Have you ever been to RMNP in the spring? The birds are just amazing!
The Queen Anne’s Lace wildflowers in Rocky Mountain National Park remind me of growing up back east. We used to see them everywhere on our walks in the woods.
Queen Anne’s Lace grows to about 3 feet tall with flat, lacy 3″ clusters of tiny white flowers. They bloom in July and August in disturbed ground. I was amazed at the number of insects it had on it.
We saw these pretty Queen Anne’s Lace wildflowers along the road in Endovalley in late August. We only saw a few of them and they were just gorgeous!
The elk are just magnificent this time of year in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. The bugling and the chasing and the hunt for the largest herd is breath-taking.
We saw these elk while driving down Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and loved how the Mummy Range was the perfect backdrop.
Beautiful, don’t you think?