Fantastic Waterfall Hikes Here in Rocky Mountain National Park

It’s summer! The temperatures are spiking, which means that snow is melting off of the ridges and peaks that form the Continental Divide, as well as the many mountains that speckle Rocky Mountain National Park. Along with all of this snow melt, the Rockies come alive with the sound of cascading water, as well as views of some of the most beautiful waterfalls you can find here in the Centennial State. That’s great news for folks who visit us here at Rams Horn Village! We’re just a few minutes from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), and only a quick drive and a hike to many of the best waterfalls that you can see in Colorado. If you’re staying here at the resort, we have a huge list of waterfalls that you can check out. If you have the time and enough tread on your hiking boots, you can seek out all of the following famous waterfalls. (Take note, we’ve built this list starting from the closest waterfalls by driving distance from Rams Horn Village, leading to the farthest)

East of the Continental Divide

Horseshoe Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 250 feet
  • Elevation: 8,900 feet
  • Additional Information: The hike to view Horseshoe Falls is one of the easiest hikes in the park—you’ll only have to walk a few hundred feet to catch a glimpse of the cascading water (actually, you can see the falls from the road!). Horseshoe Falls are one of the most popular visits in RMNP since it’s a short journey and an easy hike.
  • You can drive to the Alluvial Fan Trailhead to visit Horseshoe Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort. Horseshoe Falls are only about a 20-minute drive from Rams Horn Village.

Bridal Veil Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 40 feet
  • Elevation: 8,840 feet
  • Additional Information: Bridal Veil Falls is best accessed from Cow Creek Trailhead. This famous waterfall is spectacular, but it takes dedication to hike to see the cascade. The hike from Cow Creek Trailhead to Bridal Veil Falls is 6.4 miles round-trip, and it’s considered a moderately difficult hike—you’ll have to navigate over some boulders to reach the falls. Along the way, you’ll hike near Cow Creek, and you’ll cross the creek several times via log bridges along the trail. Take note, there’s not much shade along the hike, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water!
  • You can drive to the Cow Creek Trailhead to visit Bridal Veil Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort. Cow Creek Trailhead is only about a 25-minute drive from Rams Horn Village.

West Creek Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 22 feet
  • Elevation: 7,955 feet
  • Additional Information: West Creek Falls is near Bridal Veil Falls—in fact, you’ll park at the same trailhead to start your journey. However, you’ll be taking the North Boundary trail to navigate to these famous falls. Along this more difficult hike (due to several steep, narrow sections), you’ll follow the North Boundary trail until it forks at the West Creek Falls trail (which is just after a bridge crossing that spans the West Creek). You’ll see plenty of aspen along this 4-mile round-trip hike (which makes it a popular choice in the fall when the leaves change).
  • You can drive to the Cow Creek Trailhead to visit West Creek Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort. Again, Cow Creek Trailhead is only about a 25-minute drive from Rams Horn Village.

Chasm Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 30 feet
  • Elevation: 9,050 feet
  • Additional Information: Chasm Falls is easily accessible, as long as your car can handle a drive up Old Fall River Road—a steep, one-way dirt road that is only open during the warmer months. Pull off at the Chasm Falls parking area, and you’re a few minutes’ walk away from these fantastic, narrow falls. Plan on visiting Chasm Falls early in the day, since the falls are popular and parking is limited.
  • You can drive to Chasm Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort. Take note, you’ll have to return to the resort via these directions (since Old Fall River Road is a one-way road).

Fern Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 60 feet
  • Elevation: 8,800 feet
  • Additional Information: Fern Falls is a popular visit due to its size and proximity to the park entrance. After a short drive, you’ll find yourself at the Fern Lake Trailhead, where you can begin your trek to Fern Falls. Prepare for a moderately difficult 5.4-mile round-trip hike. You’ll enjoy views of the Big Thompson River, and you’ll see numerous ferns (for which the falls and the lake are named). You’ll even cross a log bridge that spans the Big Thompson on your way to the falls.
  • You can drive to the Fern Lake Trailhead to visit Fern Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort. Fern Lake Trailhead is only about a 25-minute drive from Rams Horn Village.

Alberta Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 25 feet
  • Elevation: 9,400 feet
  • Additional Information: Alberta Falls is one of the most popular sites for folks visiting RMNP. From the trailhead at Glacier Gorge Junction, Alberta Falls is only a quick 1.2 mile round trip walk. The hike is considered easy. Visitors will also enjoy gorgeous views of the Rockies, continuous views of Glacier Creek, and a beautiful variety of flora and fauna throughout the area. You can also visit Glacier Falls, and Ribbon Falls with a bit more hiking along the same trails.
  • You can drive to the Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead to visit Alberta Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort. It’s only about a 25-minute drive from Rams Horn Village to Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead.

Timberline Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 30 feet
  • Elevation: 10,475 feet
  • Additional Information: Timberline Falls feature water cascading over a sheer cliff onto a rubble of boulders below. The view is breathtaking, and the thunderous sound is thrilling. To see the falls, you’ll have to drive to Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead or to the Bear Lake Trailhead to begin your hike—the same trailheads you would use to see Alberta Falls, Glacier Falls, and Ribbon Falls. However, you’ll take The Loch Trail to view Timberline Falls. The round-trip is about 8 miles, depending on the route that you choose, and this hike is considered moderately difficult.
  • You can drive to the Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead or to the Bear Lake Trailhead to visit Timberline Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort. It takes about 25 minutes to reach these trailheads from Rams Horn Village.

Calypso Cascades

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 90 feet
  • Elevation: 9,280 feet
  • Additional Information: Calypso Cascades is a bit of a drive from the resort, but it promises some of the most gorgeous falls in the park. It’s a bit of a hike to see Calypso Cascades from the Wild Basin Ranger Station Trailhead. The round-trip hike is 3.6 miles, and the hike is considered moderately difficult. Take note, you can also visit Ouzel Falls along this trail, it’s just a bit of a longer hike!
  • You can drive to the Wild Basin Ranger Station Trailhead to visit Calypso Cascades by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort. The Wild Basin Trailhead is only about a 30-minute drive from Rams Horn Village.

Ouzel Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 60 feet
  • Elevation: 9,460 feet
  • Additional Information: Ouzel Falls can be accessed from the Wild Basin Ranger Station Trailhead, which is a bit of a jaunt from Rams Horn Village, but it’s well worth the drive and the hike. Be prepared to spend a few hours on this trail, since the hike is 5.4 miles round-trip. Due to it’s length, and the elevation changes you’ll encounter along the way, this hike is considered moderately difficult. Ouzel Falls is another favorite, due to its thunderous sound, and the beautiful spray which the rumbling falls produce.
  • You can drive to the Wild Basin Ranger Station Trailhead to visit Ouzel Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort. Again, this is about a 30-minute drive from our resort.

 

West of the Continental Divide

Cascade Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 45 feet
  • Elevation: 8,795 feet
  • Additional Information: Cascade Falls are just that—a series of cascading waterfalls. To get to the falls, you’ll have to hike 7 miles round-trip. Along the way, you’ll see plenty of wildflowers, and you’re likely to see wildlife. The hike is fairly flat, and it’s considered easy to moderate in difficulty. Since the North Inlet Trailhead is about an hour and forty-five minutes away from Rams Horn Village, a trip Cascade Falls will likely take most of the day.
  • You can drive to the North Inlet Trailhead to visit Cascade Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort.

Adams Falls

  • Height of the Falls: Approximately 55 feet
  • Elevation: 8,505 feet
  • Additional Information: Adams Falls are definitely a drive from the resort (plan on spending an hour and a half to two hours on the road), but it’s still worth the visit. Plus, you’ll get to see beautiful masses of mountains as you navigate Trail Ridge Road over Fall River Pass, which summits at about 12,000 feet elevation at the ridge of the Continental Divide. You can see Adams Falls from the East Inlet Trail, and the hike is an easy .6 mile round-trip. Along the hike, you’ll also see gorgeous views of Grand Lake, and Shadow Mountain Lake, as well as the city of Grand Lake. Take note that Trail Ridge Road is closed in the winter months, when it is snow-covered.
  • You can drive to the East Inlet Trailhead to visit Adams Falls by following these directions from Rams Horn Village Resort.

See RMNP Waterfalls

If you’re looking to enjoy the best that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer, you can’t get any closer than Rams Horn Village. Soak in glorious views of Longs Peak, explore Trail Ridge Road, and, of course, hike to some of the most beautiful waterfalls you can find in the park, let alone Colorado. Book a stay here at Rams Horn Village Resort, we have a variety of luxury cabins available for reservation. Stay at Rams Horn, and discover the splendor of Rocky Mountain National Park.