Alluvial Fan Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 203 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. As of September 2019, the trail is under renovation.

walking
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

One of my favorite waterfalls. Something about how it's tucked back around a tiny trail and has a real desert feel until you turn the corner again. Small simple hike with alot of punch. Easy accessible parking as well.

hiking
4 months ago

Short hike with ice. It was super cool to see a frozen waterfall/river. There were two spots we saw moving water. The rest we heard under the layer of ice.

hiking
4 months ago

Good family trail. Lots of traffic

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Not a very far hike. Really easy. Icy and snowy that day.

hiking
6 months ago

Favorite trail with my family of 5 under 7yrs old. Very easy hike with tons of boulders for kids to climb on. Not far from the entrance to the park and right off the road.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Parts are still offline or require detours but don’t let that stop you from coming in at the east trailhead and having some fun. The waterfall was gorgeous today.

hiking
bridge out
closed
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

This is an interesting and pretty area, but the trail was under renovation early Sept (probably for handicap/stroller accessible). There was lots of equipment around and barricades (bright orange plastic) were up. The cascades are nice and once the trail is redone, access to the area will likely be restored air and up and back figure of 8 sort of loop hike.

hiking
8 months ago

The Chasm falls are beautiful!

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
9 months ago

Lots of people on Labor Day weekend as expected. Parking lot is very close to waterfall.

hiking
9 months ago

Parked in the West parking lot (the one with restrooms). There is some construction at the start of the trail. Trail is currently not marked, but there are several well-trodden paths up. It’s as challenging as you want it to be, depending on how high you want to climb. Watch out for the smooth slanted rocks further up by the cascades, it’s hard to get a good footing - we found a much easier dirt path up just a tad further away from the water but still with a great view of it. Our 4 year old really enjoyed splashing in the river and the rock scramble. Not crowded, which added to the enjoyment. Really fun and customizable little hike!

hiking
bridge out
scramble
9 months ago

Our kids had a blast on this. (And I had fun too!) The hike to the waterfalls is very basic, and very short. The fun begins when you get there and start scampering over the rocks, climbing up the sides of the falls. You can go quite a ways too, and really see what the flood in '72 did to this area. Lots of fun.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail was a LOT of fun. The trail itself is very short, but the fun starts when you get to the waterfalls, and you start climbing around. My kids and I made our way up one side of it, getting to the top and seeing a lot of the damage that the flooding had done decades ago. They had a blast, and we'd definitely do it all again.

hiking
bridge out
9 months ago

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Beautiful short hike. Kids loved putting their feet in the water but it was very cold. Enjoyed the short detour while on our way to Estes Park. Took less than 10min to drive to the trailhead from Trail Ridge Rd.

hiking
bridge out
9 months ago

This trail is easy with a great reward at the end.

hiking
10 months ago

Short easy trail with beautiful falls.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome waterfall and super easy with a 5 year old and 3 year old!!! We went on a friday morning around 9am quick parking and maybe 10-15 min hike and played in the water for an hour!! It did get busy quick and much less parking on our way out around 10:15. there was another parking lot just down the road bc the bridge to get the other side is out. Beautiful!!!

hiking
bridge out
10 months ago

Climb up the West side of the fan. Hikers should be aware they can only hike about half way up the fan on the west side before needing to climb very steep dirt trails to take a makeshift path down the mountain to the parking lot.

hiking
10 months ago

We completed this very short hike yesterday and really enjoyed it. There were lots of families with kids exploring the area. There are lot of rocks and boulders to climb around making it a great trail for kids who like to climb and explore. Very short, easy hike with delightful waterfall view. This is a great place to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while sitting on a boulder and listening to the falling water. We continued up Old Fall River Road to see Chasm Falls afterwards (it's a one way dirt road pass when you venture past Alluvial Fan).

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