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Colorado Waterfalls

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Calypso Cascades
Accessible from the Wild Basin trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park, Calypso Cascades drop for roughly 200 feet. Keep in mind that the season effects the flow. The best time to visit is during spring run-off.
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South Clear Creek Falls
Slightly hidden in Southwest Colorado between Lake City and Creede, South Clear Creek Falls are very accessible. You'll be able to reach them by hiking less than 1,000 feet. Photo Credit: Mapio
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Rifle Falls
Rifle Falls are noteworthy because they are actually a trio of falls, each dropping roughly 70 feet off a limestone cliff. While this picture only shows one fall, it highlights a unique view from behind the water.
Spouting Rock Spouting Rock is near Hanging Lake, at times more spectacular than the main event. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin.

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Alberta Falls
One of the most popular hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, Alberta Falls are drop-dead gorgeous. It's 30-foot drop makes for great background noise during a picnic.
Cornet Falls
A fall that's well-known in the ice climbing community, Cornet Falls drops 80 feet, creating the perfect terrain for a pick-axe come the winter months of the year.
Ingram Falls
Located in San Miguel County, Ingram Falls is one of the most popular falls to visit in the Telluride area.
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Bridal Veil Falls
Colorado's tallest free-falling waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls drops over 350 feet. There's also a power station on top of the falls that still provides power to the town of Telluride below. For an especially unique view, check this one out fro, the nearby Via Ferrata.
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Elk Falls
Close to Conifer, Colorado, Elk Falls is a popular waterfall that's close to Denver, tucked away in Staunton State Park. This one isn't easy to get to, accessible by an 11 mile round trip hike. That being said, the trek is worth it. Photo Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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Rifle Falls
Rifle Falls in Rifle Falls State Park is one of the most beautiful, yet accessible waterfalls in the state. It's known for it's lush appearance, nearby caves, and many viewing angles. Photo Credit: Spencer McKee.
Agness Vaille Falls. Photo Credit: Tina Blurdom - OutThere Colorado.
Agness Vaille Falls
This relatively small, but beautiful waterfall falls from a rocky shelf under Mt. Princeton. While the trail to get there isn't difficult, it does close due to rock slides in the area. Check restrictions before trying to visit. Photo Credit: Tina Blurdom
Helen Hunt Falls
Found in North Cheyenne Cañon, this waterfall is a popular tourist destination for visitors to Colorado Springs. For an extra workout, climb the set of several hundred stairs in the vicinity to a beautiful overlook.
Elk Falls. Photo Credit: Ethan Beute - OutThere Colorado.
Elk Falls
Elk Falls reaches a maximum altitude of 8,950 feet before dropping 75 feet off a rocky cliff. Photo Credit: Ethan Beute
Adams Falls
Another easy Rocky Mountain National Park hike, Adams Falls is booming in the spring, but the view of Aspens in the fall make this waterfall worth visiting in any season.

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Fish Creek Falls
One of the most popular destinations in the Steamboat Springs area, Fish Creek Falls plummets 280 feet in total. If you want to get a good view of the lower portion, a quarter-mile hike will do the trick. Photo Credit: Roy Brumback
Granite Falls. Photo Credit: Ed Ogle - OutThere Colorado.
Granite Falls
If you want to get to this waterfall, you'll have to work for it. The main trail to Granite Falls leaves from the Green Mountain Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park and is a strenuous 10.5 miles round trip. Photo Credit: Ed Ogle
Chasm Falls
At only 100 yards off of Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, this is one waterfall that's both beautiful and easily accessible. Get there early to avoid the midday crowd.
Boulder Falls
Known for being an easy, beautiful hike near Boulder, Colorado, area flooding resulted in long-term closure of this site. Check local reports for access restrictions before planning a visit.
Copeland Falls. Photo Credit: B. Kalla - OutThere Colorado.
Copeland Falls
Often visited en route to Calypso Cascades, Copeland Falls is one of the most relaxing falls in the state, consisting of a series of small step-down drops. Photo Credit: B. Kalla
Alberta Falls
Located in the Glacier Gorge area of Rocky Mountain National Park, Alberta Falls is often a stop for those hiking to Mills Lake or The Loch.
Bridal Veil Falls Telluride. Photo Credit: Terry Foote - OutThere Colorado.
Bridal Veil Falls Telluride
Telluride's Bridal Veil Falls is actually one of several falls by this name in Colorado. Photo Credit: Terry Foote
North Clear Creek Falls. Photo Credit: Scott Ingram - OutThere Colorado.
North Clear Creek Falls
While getting here isn't much of a hike, the views of North Clear Creek Falls are spectacular. During peak seasons, water gushes powerfully down a cliff for more than 100 feet. Photo Credit: Scott Ingram

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Saguache Falls. Photo Credit: Itiho94- OutThere Colorado.
Saguache Falls
In a county where there are only 1.9 people per square mile, you'll find plenty of solitude near the Saguache Falls. In the Halfmoon Pass hiking area, this fall is remote but quite stunning. Photo Credit: Itiho94
Venable Falls. Photo Credit: ashleyvigil - OutThere Colorado.
Venable Falls
To find Venable Falls you'll need to take trail #1347 near Westcliffe. It's a long one at 5.9 miles, but it also connects to several other beautiful area trails and delivers some amazing mountain views. Photo Credit: ashleyvigil
Crystal Mill Falls
A popular spot for photographers, Crystal Mill Falls is beneath one of the most iconic abandoned structures in Colorado. To find this fall, you'll need to hunt down the ghost town of Crystal.
Zapata Falls
As snowmelt from the Sangre de Cristo mountain range starts to melt, Zapata Falls starts booming. That being said, visit this destination in the winter for a breathtaking frozen view.
Horsethief Falls
Off of a 2.6 mile out and back trail near Divide, Colorado, Horsethief Fall is a quick waterfall hike for people of most skill levels.
Crystal Falls
Though one of the smaller falls featured on this list, Crystal Falls is one of the most peaceful and relaxing destinations in the state.
Cornet Falls
You won't find many falls with a more stunning appearance than Cornet Falls during the winter months of the year.

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