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Trailhead Restaurant

3450 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9219
+1 970-577-0043
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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3450 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9219
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Reviewed yesterday

The location of the restaurant is amazing. On the mountains before entering Rocky Mountains National Park at the Fall River Visit centre, it gives an option of good food for those who wants to take a break before entering the national park

Thank Bibin M A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our first try at this place was for breakfast. Sign on the doors says opens at 0800, we were planning a hike and were there a little before 8... and waited... at 08:20 we decided to look elsewhere since this place didn't seem to be...More

Thank tiggastretch
karmnipa, Manager at Trailhead Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello tiggastretch, We are sorry for your experience and we hope to see you dining with us again. We are at our transition time between our summer and winter hours. We did have the hours listed as 9am to 6pm on the doors . Our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have breakfast here every trip to Estes Park. It is outside of town at the Fall River entrance to RMNP. Attached to it is a wonderful gift shop with a HUGE range of items. If you buy anything at the gift shop you receive...More

Thank findjoy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though this restaurant can be a bit eclectic, and the service is not always great, the Corn Pancakes are delicious, and worth a visit. We also tried lunch there, and the Buffalo Burger and Rueben were okay. The views,hummingbirds, and location near the park...More

Thank WJD_CO
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We had breakfast here on the way to the RMNP - three days in a row it was so good. Restaurant has great views from every spot in the restaurant. Suggest checking the opening hours first -- we were there in the early spring season...More

Thank sailon888
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped for a late Sunday lunch. We had the reuben sandwich and a buffalo burger. We had chili on the side. Everything was very good including the bottled wheat beer. Our second time here. Very good!

Thank Ralph R
Reviewed 28 January 2017

This spot is right outside Rocky Mountain National Park and has a VERY large gift shop attached. Actually, the gift shop spills over right into the restaurant which is what makes it a bit odd. There are some nice views from the restaurant. Food choices...More

Thank Charlie S
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Trailhead Restaurant is situated overlooking majestic Deer Mountain and across Trail Ridge Road from MacGregor Mountain. It is part of a complex of great facilities that also includes the Fall River Visitor Center and a fine gift store called Gateway Center and is situated just...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Worst meal we have had in years. We were in town for a wedding last night and wanted to try something new for brunch. Ordered a bowl of chili and their house specialty corn cakes, coffee and tea. The coffee and tea arrived. Coffee must...More

Thank debdavis1
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped at the Trailhead restaurant for a late lunch after a busy day chasing our kids around the park. Everyone was hungry and looking forward to sitting down. After quite a wait for the staffs to arrange a table outside, we were finally seated....More

Thank kshorsegirl22
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Is there a children's menu?
15 July 2016|
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Response from Donna S | Reviewed this property |
Don't remember. Burgers, chicken, cheesesteaks. Great menu, can't imagine a kid could not find something.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
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08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3450 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9219
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Estes Park
  • Phone Number: +1 970-577-0043
  • E-mail
The Trailhead Restaurant can be entered from the gift shop. At the Trailhead you may enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and beverages, including regionally brewed and national brand beers, served from our Old West log bar. The experience of the Trailhead will be unforgettable as you dine surrounded by a panorama of towering mountains and the nearby seductive high peaks and forests of Rocky Mountain National Park.For those wanting a truly remarkable dining experience, try a meal on our expansive log and stone pillar open-air deck. From your table you will be treated to a magnificent view of mountains soaring above Fall River as it winds past forests, meadows and grazing wildlife. To the east you will see Fall River Valley bordered by mountains. To the west are majestic high peaks with a glimpse of Trail Ridge Road, leading to the Continental Divide and all that awaits you ahead in the Park, including the region’s highest mountain: Long’s Peak.While enjoying your meal or drink, have a park meal prepared, packed and ready-to-go when you are. Or, if a visit to our restaurant is not possible, you may simply want to take snacks, coffee, or other beverages and one of our packaged lunches with you. Don’t forget dessert!