Welcome to Fall River Village Resort

Welcome to Fall River Village Resort

Welcome to Fall River Village Resort in Estes Park, Colorado! We are thrilled to have you as our guests and want to ensure you have an unforgettable stay. Below are some interesting details and exciting features to know during your time with us…

First and foremost, we want you to take full advantage of the fantastic amenities we offer. Our resort boasts a wide range of outdoor lounges, games, grills, fire pits, hot tubs, and a refreshing pool, all at your disposal. Soak up the sunshine, relax, and create lasting memories in our beautiful outdoor spaces.

While you explore the resort, we encourage you to immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. However, please be mindful of the wildlife that can often be found at Fall River Village Resort. It’s not uncommon to encounter some of our furry friends, so admire them from a safe distance and remember to respect their habitat.

One of the highlights of our location is that we are the closest full resort to downtown Estes Park, just a leisurely 5-minute walk away. You’ll be delighted to know that there is a convenient stop right in front of the resort for Estes Park’s Free Shuttle, which offers various routes, including transportation to the famous Rocky Mountain National Park. With only 4 miles separating us from this breathtaking destination, you’ll have easy access to its majestic beauty.

As part of the Fall River Village experience, we are proud to be the sister property of The Historic Stanley Hotel. This affiliation grants you access to a plethora of additional amenities and privileges. You can indulge in culinary delights with restaurant reservations at Cascades Fine Dining Restaurant or Brunch and Company. If you’re seeking adventure, we offer tour priorities with a range of exciting options to choose from. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate at the Aspire spa, featuring a pool, hot tub, wet sauna, dry sauna, spa services, and a wellness deck. Don’t forget to check out Aiden Sinclair’s magical experiences, including an underground speakeasy magic show and a late-night séance.

At Fall River Village Resort, we pride ourselves on providing a pet-friendly and family-friendly environment, ensuring your stay is filled with warmth and friendliness. Immerse yourself in nature, unwind in our riverfront condos, and take full advantage of our incredible amenities and activities. Let us create an unforgettable experience that aligns perfectly with your spirit

If you need any assistance or have any questions during your stay, our dedicated staff is here to make your time with us extraordinary. Have a fantastic time exploring Estes Park, embracing nature, and creating lifelong memories.

5 Must-Visit Rocky Mountain National Park Waterfalls

Chasm Falls, one of several Rocky Mountain National Park waterfalls.

With its scenic alpine surroundings and fantastic summer weather, it’s no surprise that Estes Park is among Colorado’s top places to visit—no small thanks to Rocky Mountain National Park. Undoubtedly, the dramatic valleys, navigable foothills, and iconic peaks at Rocky Mountain National Park lend themselves to exploration and wonder. Still, several beautiful waterfalls are also found throughout the park, most of which are relatively accessible. 

If you’re planning a stay around Estes Park and want the inside scoop on some of the best waterfalls in Colorado, Fall River Village Resort has you covered!

Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls is a safe bet for those looking for a cascading waterfall that’s easy to find. Located only 100 yards from Old Fall River Road,  it’s a perfect spot to stop when pressed for time. It’s also a wonderful waterfall for exploring Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time. Take Fall River Road to Old Fall River Road, where you’ll find the West Alluvial Fan Trailhead less than a half-mile further and the start of an easy hike.

Chasm Falls

Another Rocky Mountain National Park waterfall that’s ideal for families is Chasm Falls. This unique waterfall is very popular in the summer, so you should arrive early. Still, you’ll be glad you did, as it’s one of the most picturesque features of the park, thanks to the way it seemingly bursts through the rock wall. The hike to Chasm Falls is well-marked and easy to navigate.

Copeland Falls

Located on the Wild Basin Trailhead, Copeland Falls is the first along the primary trail and not far from the entrance. Copeland Falls becomes more of a cascade during the snowmelt or heavy rain. One of its defining features is that it’s a viable fishing spot for eager anglers.

Ouzel Falls

When you’re ready to take on a moderate degree of difficulty, Ouzel Falls will be waiting for you. The 5.5-mile roundtrip hike and 950 feet of elevation gain are nothing to scoff at, but not impossible for intermediate adventurers. The journey to Ouzel Falls will reward you with several creeks and a trio of other cascades.

Ribbon Falls

Ribbon Falls is arguably the most challenging waterfall hike on our Rocky Mountains National Park list. Starting at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead that passes by another notable landmark, Alberta Falls, you’ll trek nearly five miles to Ribbon Falls. As a bonus, you can go an extra .2 miles to see Black Lake Falls pummeling the lake from above.

Top-Tier Estes Park Condo Vacation Rentals

An exterior view of an rustic yet elegant vacation rental in Estes Park, CO.

Although we shared only a few Rocky Mountain National Park waterfalls, we’re confident our list will provide an excellent starting point. And if you want equally excellent Estes Park vacation rentals, look no further than Fall River Village Resort! Not only can we promise a place to rest after each exciting adventure, but we also have all the amenities you need less than a 15-minute drive away from the park. 
To start planning your trip, please check availability online or call 970-325-6864 for more information today!

Spending Time at Rocky Mountain National Park

A father and his daughters looking out into the alpine landscape at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park is an absolute treasure of the American West. With its towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and diverse wildlife, the park offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of one of Colorado’s most precious assets. And what makes it even better is that Fall River Village Resort in Estes Park is less than five miles away, where you’ll have a comfortable vacation condo to call home!

Unsullied Wilderness near Estes Park

A pair of anglers holding a large trout in a river.

Spanning over 400 square miles, Rocky Mountain National Park boasts elevations ranging from 7,500 to over 14,000 feet. This diversity in the landscape provides a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and black bears. As you explore the park, keep an eye out for these magnificent creatures and smaller species like marmots and pikas.

Rocky Mountain Hiking Adventures

One of the park’s prominent features is its network of hiking trails. With over 350 miles of trails to choose from, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy many options. For a more leisurely hike, check out the Bearl Lake Loop, which winds through dense forests and pristine alpine lakes. For a more challenging experience, consider attempting the park’s highest peak, Longs Peak. This strenuous climb requires proper preparation, but the breathtaking views from the summit are well worth the effort.

More Estes Park Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

In addition to hiking, visitors can enjoy a range of other outdoor activities in the park. The iconic rivers and lakes provide opportunities for fishing and kayaking, while its meadows and valleys are perfect for picnicking and wildlife watching. Rocky Mountain National Park transforms into a winter wonderland during the snowy months, offering skiing, snowshoeing, and even ice-climbing opportunities!

An Unforgettable Scenic Drive

A car driving along Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Trail Ridge Road is another highlight of the park, offering a scenic drive that traverses the Continental Divide and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The road reaches an elevation of over 12,000 feet, making it one of the highest paved roads in North America. Along the way, visitors can stop at numerous overlooks and interpretive exhibits to learn about the park’s geology, wildlife, and history.

A Valuable Learning Experience

For those interested in history and culture, Rocky Mountain National Park also offers a variety of educational programs and exhibits. The park’s visitor centers provide information on the park’s natural and cultural resources, while ranger-led programs offer insights into the park’s wildlife, geology, and history.

Estes Park Vacation Rentals + Rocky Mountain National Park

An exterior view of Fall River Village in Estes Park, CO.

Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or simply seeking a beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Rocky Mountain National Park has something for everyone. With its stunning scenery, diverse wildlife, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, it’s no surprise that this Centennial State Gem is among the most beloved national parks in the country.
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect at Rocky Mountain National Park, you’ll want to find a place to stay in Estes Park! To learn more about Fall River Village’s vacation rental condos and how to book your stay, please visit us online or call 970-325-6864 today!

RMNP Timed Entry

Guide to the Timed Entry Permit System for Rocky Mountain National Park

Between May 27th and October 10th, 2022, visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park are required to follow the guidelines of the Timed Entry Permit System. You won’t want to miss the gorgeous scenery and outdoor adventure that awaits in the 415 square miles of protected park area. Visitors can explore more than 300 miles of hiking trails while looking out for wildflowers, wildlife, and stunning viewpoints. Learn more about the timed-entry permit system and how to make your trip to the park as seamless as possible during your stay in an Estes Park vacation rental!

Two Options for Timed Entry Permit Reservations

The first type of timed permit option allows for access into the Bear Lake Road Corridor as well as the rest of the park. This permit allows for entry windows between the times of 5:00 AM and 6:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. Reservations are not required before 5:00 AM or after 6:00 PM but reservations are recommended for you to be able to access the park during the main period of the day.  

The second permit allows visitors to visit the majority of Rocky Mountain National Park, excluding the Bear Lake Road Corridor. With this permit option, the reservation period is open with windows between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. Again, reservations are not required to enter the park before 9:00 AM or after 3:00 PM.  

Upon reserving a timed entry permit, you will receive the two-hour time window that designates when you are meant to enter the park. Reservations must be secured in advance as they are not available at park offices or park entrances. There is a $2 reservation processing fee. 

Here are a few ways to make a reservation: 

  • Call the Reservation Line: 877-444-6777 
  • Via the reservation.gov mobile app 

Second Requirement: Park Pass or an Entry Fee 

In addition to the timed reservation permit, visitors must also have either a park pass or paid the park entry fee. Whether you already have an annual pass or plan on buying a day pass, you can find the option that works best for your plans!

Check out which passes qualify: 

Rocky Mountain National Park Entrance Fees and Pass 

  • 1-Day Pass Automobile: $25  
  • 1-Day Pass Per Person: $15  
  • 1-Day Pass Motorcycle: $25  
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Annual Pass: $70

America the Beautiful Passes 

  • Annual: $80  
  •  Annual Pass for Military: Free  
  •  Annual or Lifetime Senior Pass: $20 or $80   
  • Access Pass: Free  
  • Volunteer Pass: Free 

Start Planning Your Estes Park Escape!

Fall River Village sits just a 5 minute walk from downtown Estes Park, making it a perfect home-base for a getaway in the Rocky Mountains. Book one of our Estes Park vacation rental condos or townhomes to enjoy views of the Continental Divide and community amenities including an outdoor pool, fire pit and grills, and a yard with games and hammocks. This is the perfect place to relax after a day exploring Rocky Mountain National Park!Browse All Estes Park Vacation Rentals

Things to do in Estes Park in Spring 2022

Experience the beauty of spring in the Rocky Mountains. While some may refer to it as mud season, spring is a time of fresh air, blooming flowers, and warm afternoons. The snow is melting and the waterfalls are magnificent throughout Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

There are plenty of things to do in Estes Park in spring and some great benefits to traveling to Colorado this time of the year.

Avoid the Crowds

Spring is the quietest time of the year to visit the Rocky Mountains, so you’ll enjoy wide open and uncrowded trails. Plus, the historic town of Estes Park has yet to enter the busy summer tourist season. Be sure to check out seasonal hours for local shops and restaurants as well, as some will be modified during the slow season.

Best Things to do in Estes Park in Spring 2022

Spring Fishing

As the snow starts to melt, fishing is a popular activity among locals and travelers alike. Early spring is great as the water levels haven’t gotten too high from snowmelt yet, and the water flow tends to be slower. Rent your gear at a local shop or have a guide take you out to the waters. In Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, you’ll find greenback cutthroats, rainbow trout, brookies, brown trout, and more.

Keep in mind that a Colorado fishing license is required for anyone over 16 years of age to fish in Rocky Mountain National Park. Pay for an annual license, day pass or five-day pass.

Estes Park Hiking in Spring

Sprague Lake is an easy 1-mile walk around the lake that is accessible for most skill levels and offers stunning views of the Continental Divide. This path is paved and is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for strollers.

Chasm Falls is a 2.5-mile out-and-back trail that features a waterfall and beautiful views of the rugged terrain. Depending on the amount of snow for the season, Old Fall River Road may be closed to vehicle traffic so you’ll have to walk about a mile to get to the trailhead.

If you’re looking for a longer hike, Ouzel Falls is a 5.3-mile out-and-back trail with river views and a waterfall. Similar to Chasm Falls, you may have to park and walk to the trailhead depending on the snowpack during your visit. This trail has an elevation gain of about 1,000 feet, making it a slow and steady climb.

Deer Mountain Trail is a 6-mile trail that is moderate to challenging with beautiful views atop the final summit of the trail. This hike has an elevation gain of 1,400 feet, making it a challenge for most hikers, especially if you’re not used to the altitude. This hike tends to get busy so arrive early if you can.

Tips For Spring Hiking in Rocky Mountain NP

Bring micro spikes and hiking poles as this time of the year it’s common for snow to melt and refreeze making for icy conditions at times. Like any time of the year when you’re hiking in Colorado, be sure to prepare for all types of weather and temperatures.

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