Colorado is a great place to take a cabin vacation, especially if you love hiking and being outside. If you’re vacationing in Colorado, you won’t want to miss these amazing waterfalls. Make sure to incorporate some of them into your day hikes for breathtaking views and great photo opportunities.
Top 5 Waterfall Sites to See in Colorado
1. Seven Falls near Colorado Springs
If you’re vacationing in or near Colorado Springs, then you’ll want to check out Seven Falls
. As the name suggests, there are seven waterfalls here for you to see. They fall down between canyons. You can walk up the canyon to see them or, if you don’t want to climb up all 224 stairs, take the in-canyon elevator to the top. No matter how you get there, you’ll love the spectacular view of the falls from Eagle’s Nest.
2. Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride
The Bridal Veil Falls are the tallest freefalling waterfalls in Colorado at a whopping 365 feet tall. If you come in the spring and summer, you’ll see the water cascading down into the box canyon below. In the winter, the falls freeze, creating a stunning display you have to see to believe. Spectate the frozen falls from a distance, though. The uneven terrain and threat of avalanches make snowshoeing and hiking dangerous during the winter.
3. Zapata Falls Near Alamosa
You’ll hear the 40-foot tall Zapata Falls and feel its cooling effect long before you see it when you make the trek through the Sangre Cristo Mountains. These falls feel like they’re tucked away, but, in reality, they’re only a half mile away from the parking lot. You’ll feel like a real adventurer getting to the falls, as you wade through chilly water and climb over wet rocks to reach the falls. To avoid getting wet, you can balance on a log bridge. For great pictures, head to Zapata Falls before sunset.
4. Box Canyon Falls near Ouray
Box Canyon Falls stands at an impressive 280 feet tall and is easy to access. You can see it from top to bottom by taking the trail, stairs, or viewing it from a nearby suspension bridge if you’re not afraid of heights. The area is known for being an important, and impressive, bird sight, and there are also plenty of chipmunks in the area, so make sure to bring your binoculars along so you can check out the array of wildlife along your hike.
5. Hanging Lake Near Glenwood Springs
Hanging Lake is almost too pretty to be true, which is why it’s such a crowded place. You’ll need to plan your trip her well in advance and make reservations. It’s worth it, though, for the stunning views that include several waterfalls gently cascading into the lake. Permits are required year-round in order to preserve the areas fragile ecosystem, and you can get permits easily online.
Make sure your next Colorado cabin vacation includes a trip to at least one of these majestic natural waterfalls. You won’t regret it!