Historic Fall River Hydroplant

The Historic Fall River Hydroplant is open May 30, 2017 through September 3, 2017, Tuesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. To make reservations for a private tour of 10 or more people throughout the year, please contact the Curator of Education.


Constructed in 1909 to produce electricity for the Stanley Hotel and surrounding areas, F. O. Stanley sold the plant to the Public Service Company of Colorado in 1928. In 1945, the Town of Estes Park purchased and maintained the Hydroplant until it was severely damaged in 1982 by the Lawn Lake Flood. The Historic Fall River Hydroplant was restored and opened to the public as an interpretive center in 2002 and features original equipment installed by Stanley, machinery from an addition in 1921, and a diesel unit installed by the Public Service Company in 1938. Interpretive panels document the growth of Estes Park, its insatiable need for electricity, and the Lawn Lake Flood disaster.

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