Rocky Mountain National Park boasts dozens of waterfalls and Bridal Veil Falls, on the northeast side of the park, is one of the few that’s accessible without paying the admission fee to the park. From Estes Park, take Wonderview Avenue north and turn right onto MacGregor Avenue, then go three and a half miles and bear left onto McGraw Ranch Road. The Cow Creek Trailhead is on the left side of the road at a little over two miles, and roadside parking is limited. Hike Cow Creek Trail for three miles, bearing right at the third trail junction. The last bit of trail is steep and rocky, but this stunning fall is worth the hike!
—Susan Joy Paul