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Alpine Visitor Center, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park's Alpine Visitor Center is located at 11,796 feet (3,595 m) above sea level at Fall River Pass, one mile west of the highest point on Trail Ridge Road and four miles east of the Continental Divide at Milner Pass in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is the highest visitor center in the National Park System.
The Alpine Visitor Center includes restrooms, exhibits on the alpine tundra ecosystem, and a gift shop operated by the park's non-profit partner organization, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. The visitor center opens around Memorial Day and closes around mid-October due to snow and the extreme winter environment. In mid-summer, the visitor center is also usually accessible by Old Fall River Road, a 9-mile dirt road open to one-way, uphill vehicle traffic.

Views from the Alpine Visitor Center include the Mummy Range, the Fall River Valley, and Trail Ridge to the east and the Never Summer and Medicine Bow ranges to the west and north. Hiking opportunities include the 1/4-mile round-trip Alpine Ridge Trail, commonly referred to as "Huffer's Hill," and the 8-mile round-trip Ute Trail to Milner Pass. Park Rangers provide park orientation and interpretive programs on the alpine tundra.

Additional gift and food services at Fall River Pass are provided at the concession-operated "Trail Ridge Store and Cafe."

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  • The views here were beautiful, however the parking is a nightmare! I visited for the first time recently from the UK. Visitors were literally battling for spaces, there simply weren't enough. There... 
    The views here were beautiful, however the parking is a nightmare! I visited for the first time recently from the UK. Visitors were literally battling for spaces, there simply weren't enough. There...  more »
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  • Beautiful visitor center, closes at 5 though so get there in time to do the junior ranger books and see all the exhibits. We took the one way dirt road, had a blast, and it ends at the visitor center. There is a store also which has a place to eat, buy stuff and it’s pretty big. Oh, also, there is a phenomenal view from inside and outside. Just a gorgeous place. Lots of Cows and Bulls and Marmots. Super cute little guys.
  • It's such a beautiful drive up to the Alpine Visitors Center on Fall River Road!! The center is only open until 5pm, so don't get up there too late. There's some good info there about the Tundra and the winters up there. You may also spot some elk out the back windows. A great place to visit while you're at Ricky Mountain NP. There is also a gift shop and Cafe up there. Definitely worth seeing!

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