We stock our section of Fall River right from our bridge! Pan-sized rainbow trout are the most common catch but Kirk (from Kirk's FlyShop) caught a 19" trout. Fishing is a popular activity with young and old, experienced and novice fishers.
Even though we provide the fish, the state requires a license if you're 16 or older. Sporting shops in town and Tru Value Hardware sell them. Anglers usually bring their own tackle but Scott's Sporting Goods (970 586-2877) rents some.
The fisherman at the right is Tom Greenan, a long-time guest at Castle Mountain and an expert, enthusiastic fisherman. In this photo he is fishing in front of his favorite suite, Little River.
Castle Mountain Lodge is on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park. From your door at the lodge you can access the entire Park trail system.
From your door, follow one of the game trails up the hillside to the meadow area. On the southern edge of the meadow is the Park's Deer Ridge Trail.
Follow this trail to the west and you'll head up Deer Mountain for spectacular views of the Estes valley, Longs Peak and the Front Range. Farther west, the Deer Mountain trail connects with Park trails that cover Horseshoe Park and the Mummy Range, or Beaver Meadows and the Front Range.
Follow this trail to the east and you'll end up in the town of Estes Park.
You can hike from your door over the Continental Divide to Grand Lake - a trip that "old-timers" made completely on foot or horseback. Nowdays, people tend to drive to trailheads and take shorter hikes.
The new, paved Riverwalk comes to our bridge and takes you into town, around Lake Estes, up Fish Creek. It's wonderful and popular!
Download this sheet from Rocky Mountain National Park showing the Fall River Hiking Trails. Since the Deer Ridge Trail extends outside Park boundaries, it doesn't show on this map.