Fall River Reservoir


Follow the Fall River Reservoir road to Rainbow Road and follow the dirt road to Fall River Reservoir or Chinns Lake. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail cross the road and provided hiking access north to James Peak Wilderness and southeast access to Bill Moore Lake and Breckinridge Peak. A high-clearance/4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Refer to the Ranger District's motor vehicle use map (MVUM) for more information on roads in this area. Click here for more information about dispersed camping near Idaho Springs and Georgetown.  

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: All vehicles must be either street-legal or registered annually through Colorado State Parks' OHV Registration Program. All motorized vehicles are restricted to open routes designated for their use. Contact your local District Office for a copy of the local Motor Vehicle Use Map.
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: Stream/lake; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: I-70 westbound, take exit #238 Fall River Road. Drive approx. 6 miles to the 2nd switchback and turn left on the dirt road, Rainbow Road. Continue on this road until you see the sign and split for Fall River Reservoir to the right and Chinns Lake to the left.

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  Area/Length : 
3 miles one-way

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  Elevation : 
9200' - 10800