Dozens of waterfalls tumble from the many rivers that crisscross Rocky Mountain National Park, and Horseshoe Falls, visible from the roadside, is a family favorite. From the Fall River entrance to the park located on US 34 / Fall River Road in Estes Park, go about two miles and then turn right onto Old Fall River Road. The West Alluvial Parking area and Alluvial Fan Trailhead are just over three-quarters of a mile away, on the right. An out-and-back hike to the falls is less than half a mile roundtrip, and interpretive signs describe the Lawn Lake Flood of 1982, which created the waterfall and the alluvial fan of sand and rocks at Horseshoe Park.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Susan Joy Paul