Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Denver’s Waterfalls

It is no secret that we here at Only in Denver love waterfalls and – fortunately for us Denverites – there is no shortage of these natural wonders in Colorado to go around! That being said, let us hit the road and explore them in a brand new way by taking this waterfall trip that you can complete in either a day or two-day weekend (if you stay at the recommended hotel and eat at the noted restaurants)! *Link to the original map can be found on Google Maps.

If you’re looking for waterfalls near me and you’re in the Denver area, get ready: here are some of the best!

For even more Denver-area waterfalls, check out these 9 breathtaking waterfalls that are hiding near Denver.

Address: Guanella Pass, Colorado 80435, USA
Address: Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 CO-83, Franktown, CO 80116, USA
Address: Casa Bonita, 6715 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214, USA
Address: Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown, 934 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Address: Green Mountain Ranch, 22184 Co Rd 126, Buffalo Creek, CO 80470, USA
Address: 1517 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, USA
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Waterfalls Near Me

July 02, 2022

What are some of the best waterfall hikes near Denver?  

Denver is a gorgeous place, being smack-dab in the middle of one of the most beautiful states in the United States, and as a result, there are all kinds of amazing hiking trails in Denver (and near Denver) – some of which include waterfalls! Just 45 minutes from the city is Idaho Springs, which is home to one of the most amazing waterfalls in Colorado: Bridal Veil Falls. It’s a short-and-sweet hike that’s just a quarter-mile round-trip and trust us: it’s worth every second. Willing to go a little further, distance-wise? Head to the Boulder area and do the epic Forsythe Canyon Falls Trail, which is one of our favorite easy hikes near Denver and leads to Gross Reservoir, home of Forsythe Canyon Falls. 

What are the most amazing hiking trails with waterfalls in Denver?  

Though there aren’t a lot of waterfalls in Denver, there are many near Denver, including some within an hour’s drive. Head to Rocky Mountain National Park and embark upon the Ouzel Falls hikes. It’s a 2.7-mile out-and-back hike leading to, well, Ouzel Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Colorado. Thankfully, it’s pretty close to Denver! While at Rocky Mountain National Park, be sure to also do the 2.5-mile trek to Alberta Falls, which can be found in the Glacier Gorge area. As a bonus, if you keep wandering Glacier Gorge Trail, you’ll encounter such natural wonders of Colorado as Lake of Glass Falls, Sky Pond, and more.  

How many waterfalls in Denver are there?  

There aren’t any waterfalls in Denver, though there are plenty of amazing waterfalls in Colorado. Some of our favorite waterfalls near Denver include jewels like Booth Creek Falls, which is just an hour and a half from downtown. Just under two hours from Denver is the McCullough Gulch Waterfall, which is an astonishingly beautiful little escape from the city and one of our favorite things to do in Colorado 

Address: Guanella Pass, Colorado 80435, USA
Address: Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 CO-83, Franktown, CO 80116, USA
Address: Casa Bonita, 6715 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214, USA
Address: Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown, 934 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Address: Green Mountain Ranch, 22184 Co Rd 126, Buffalo Creek, CO 80470, USA
Address: 1517 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, USA