Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park

Bridal Veil Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park

There are a number of good waterfalls in the park but I think that one of the best waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park is Bridal Veil Falls. It's in an out-of-the-way part of the park, and takes a little time and effort to get to, but I think it's well worth it.

The trail starts at the Cow Creek trailhead and the walking is pretty easy for a while. But it's pretty open and without much shade, so it can be hot during the summer. Even though there are trees around, most of them aren't close to the trail, although a few are.

After a good while, you leave the open areas behind, the trail becomes narrow, and there's a lot more shrubbery, (and trees), on both sides of the trail. Also, you'll come to an area that has enough trees to provide good shade, and we really appreciated it.

Eventually, you'll get to the place where people can tie up their horses, and after that, the trail does get harder. I don't think a horse would be able to negotiate it! The trail becomes steep and you have to climb over rocks, but anyone who's in reasonable shape would be able to do it. Also, the hard part is relatively short, so just keep trying to remember that as you're climbing over the rocks.

In no time, (well, maybe just a little), you'll see the falls just a short ways off in front of you, and from that point, the walking gets easier. If you're lucky, you might get the falls to yourself, like we did. Anyway, that's my take on the best waterfall in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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