Fall River Trail Extension

Update 1.12.17

Final design of the Fall River Trail Extension is anticipated to be complete in March 2017.

The Town of Estes Park is studying potential trail alignments and designs as it plans for the future of the Fall River Trail. Preliminary design of the selected alignment will be completed by the end of 2015 and final design will be completed in 2016. The current study and design process are funded by a grant awarded to the Town of Estes Park, after a competitive process, through the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation. There is no schedule for construction at this time.  The trail will be constructed as funding is identified.

When construction funding is secured, the Town of Estes Park proposes to construct a ten-foot wide, approximately 2.5-mile concrete extension of the Fall River multi-use trail that will connect the existing trail, near Castle Mountain Lodge, to Rocky Mountain National Park. East of Fish Hatchery Road, the new trail would likely be located along the south side of Fall River Road.  West of Fish Hatchery Road, trail locations will be along Fish Hatchery Road.

Public Meetings

The Town of Estes Park requested community feedback on preliminary plans for the Fall River Trail Extension Project. Based on citizen input and the goal of providing a high quality trail experience, the Fish Hatchery Road alignment was selected by the Town of Estes Park Board of Trustees as the preferred alternative for the extension of the Fall River Trail. Preliminary plans for this alignment were available for review and comment Feb. 10, 2016 at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street.

Public Works Engineering Manager, Kevin Ash, commented, “We are excited that this trail design is moving forward and we look forward to the expanded recreational and connection opportunities it will offer.” He continued, “We encourage everyone to provide input on the work accomplished to date.” Final design will be completed in 2016. There is no schedule for construction at this time. The trail will be constructed as funding is identified at a later date.


February 10, 2016 Public Meeting Presentation


Tree Planting Plans

Fall River Road 1

Fall River Road 2

Fall River Road 3

Fish Hatchery Road 1

Fish Hatchery Road 2

Fish Hatchery Road 3

Fish Hatchery Road 4


For more information on the project, visit www.estes.org/FallRiverTrail or call 970-577-3587. Sign up to receive Town news and/or agendas at www.estes.org/subscribe. More updates at www.facebook.com/townofestesparkco, and www.twitter.com/townofestespark.


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