We would be crazy not to have a waterfall roundup of one of the most diverse and beautiful states in the country, and you might be a little crazy if you haven’t already visited all of them. Here are our 5 favorite, or the 5 falls we think are the most stunning in the state.
1. Bridal Veil Falls
Situated in Telluride, Bridal Veil Falls is the longest standing waterfall in Colorado at 365 feet. Hike, bike, or chill as you take in the majestic and tall free-falling water and if you’re lucky, you can get a glimpse of the privately-owned power plant perched atop for a unique touch. There are two ways to get to the falls from Telluride: either drive Drive east through the town of Telluride along Colorado Avenue toward the east side of the box canyon and drive past Pandora Mill site on your left. Then, you should continue on foot until you get to the top of the road where the falls are. For intermediate or advanced hikers, there’s a new 1.2 one way hike to the falls, but again, since the road is uneven and difficult, it should be saved for advanced hikers.
2. Hanging Lake
Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs is one of the most beautiful and popular locations in Colorado with teal waters, cliff faces, and surrounded by lush trees and textured mountains. The water that falls over the cliffs is fresh and perfect for a quick dip in those hot months of summer. There was a series of fires that caused a lot of debris and damage but there’s a temporary road that looks like it’ll be open mid-summer 2022. Until then, keep this spot bookmarked because you won’t want to miss it when it reopens again.
3. Adrenaline Falls
Durango is home to this beautiful and serene lake and waterfall combo, Adrenaline Falls. A popular spot among the locals, it can be a bit tricky to find if you don’t know where to go. Once you reach Durango, drive the north turn off to Old Lime Creek road, taking it south to unmarked roadside parking for about 2.2 miles. A 4×4 is recommended. Park at the aspen grove then follow the steep trail to the falls.
This dog friendly trail is quite popular from spring through the summer months, so head here early if you’d like to enjoy the falls with some peace and quiet. These beautiful waterfalls are in North Cheyenne Cañon Park in Colorado Springs and are pretty close to the parking lot, so this is a light and easy hike.
5. Seven Falls
To reach the top of this amazing 181 foot waterfall, you can climb 224 steps…or you can take a convenient elevator. Either way, you’ll want to get to the very top. Seven Falls, located in Colorado Springs, was listed as one of the best in the state according to National Geographic and with good reason. They’ve got a restaurant nearby and at night, the falls are lit up, giving them a very different but still beautiful look.