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This is a section of the Estes Park Valley which lies along US 34, a.k.a. Fall River Rd aka Wonderview. Along this road, west of Estes Park lies an abundance of small crags and the occasional larger crag. Some, if not most, lie on National Park land. Numerous of these are located on private property or accessed through private property. So, check first and/or keep a low profile unless you are clearly on public lands.
Fall River Road is also known as US 34, Wonderview, and of course, Fall River Rd. This is located between Estes Park and the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are many crags dotting the hillsides both North and South of the road. To get here from Denver, go North on I-25, go NW on US 36 through the towns of Boulder, Lyons, to Estes Park. From the junction of US 36 and US 34 (stoplight), go straight onto US 34, pass the Stanley Hotel and start to look for your crag of choice.
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