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Review of Alluvial Fan

Alluvial Fan
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

My teenage sons really enjoy climbing the rocks here. I do too, but don't go as far as they do. I stop much more often to take in the awesome beauty of this place and try capturing it in photos. I look forward to the bridge being rebuilt which will make it easier (at least for me) to get over to the other side of the falls.

1  Thank Linda F
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"lawn lake"
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"interesting history"
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"interesting place"
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

A short hike from the parking area and we were walking over a field of boulders, climbing as we went, following the water course flowing down the mountain. Boulders of every size, fallen tree trunks and general river born debris give realisation to the tremendous force of nature and the power unleashed when a natural dam burst in 1982. At the moment the water course is but a wide stream cascading down the mountain. When melt waters return so will the power of nature in all its slender.

Thank Escape-overseas
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

All the rocks in the Alluvial Fan came from a fan that burst in the 80's. The results are a large boulder field with water running through it.

My husband and I spent quite a bit of time climbing on the rocks and taking some awesome photos.

It's easy accessible from the road and you can make your hike as hard or easy as you like. The higher you go, the more incredible the views.

1  Thank bzymom22
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This hike is a very quick foray into the beginnings of the National Park. It's a neat experience to see what nature was able to do, both in it's destructive power, and in it's ability to come back to life and take over. Pretty soon you won't be able to tell that there was a dam up here.

Thank lord-xeon
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

The alluvial fan was formed when a natural dam formed in the ice age broke through in July 1982. It released 29-million gallons of water and flooded Estes Park, 4 miles away, with 6 feet of mud and water. Boulders were washed down the size of cars. The trail to the site involves walking a stone laden path among pine trees, requiring careful steps. There is a display board that chronicles the events of that day. There is a good view of the valley to the south. To find it go to the west end of Horseshoe Park and take the road to Old Fall River Road. There are parking lots at both sides of the alluvial fan. We wanted to drive the Old Fall River Road but it is closed for the season.

Thank Paul D
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