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Rocky Mountain National Park: Bridal Veil Falls

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Distance: 3.1 miles


Trace a mountain stream through knee-high grasslands and shady aspen groves to a 20-foot waterfall on this moderate 6-miler in Rocky Mountain National Park.

From McGraw Ranch, take the doubletrack into a pasture dotted with old-growth ponderosas. Snow-capped mountains line the right side of the valley while the sandstone crags of Lumpy Ridge form a 9,000-foot boundary to the left. After 2.5 miles, the trail climbs through a thick forest of pines and aspens, as it begins to crisscross the creek. In the next half-mile the cascades sliding between large boulders will whet your appetite for the trail’s destination. At mile 3, Bridal Veil Falls shoots sun-kissed whitewater off a wide cliff face. While the boulders beneath the falls offer plenty of comfortable seating for spectators, for an unforgettable view of the pine-blanketed valley and the surrounding peaks, continue up the spur trail to the left of the falls and rest on top of a broad plateau. The water that feeds the falls will be flowing softly to your left. Soak it all in before backtracking to the trailhead.

 -Mapped by Kristy Holland & MacKenzie Ryan

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