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Bridal Veil Falls Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Telluride, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and ohv/off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 1,368 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Ohv / off road driving

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Rocky

Description
Waypoints (4)

Great views along the way but the trail is really a 4x4 road so cars and bikes will be passing you along the way. The view is lovely once you reach the top but it’s more of a destination hike.

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Reviews (414)
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Juan Diego
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Hiking

This is for the hiking trail, not the 4x4 road, as the map suggests. We got lost off the trail, not crossing the river when we were supposed to. This happened to a few hiking groups before and after us. Other than that, it’s a great trail that features several beautiful waterfalls you cannot see from the road up. And Bridal Veil Falls is to date the most beautiful waterfall I’ve ever seen.

Joe .
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HikingGreat!

Super fun. Lots of big boulders and nice trees. Don’t take the road, even after the base of the falls, there’s a bit of a trail that’s in bad shape but worth taking to stay off the road. Eventually yourself forced on the road for the last part to the top of the falls. Good views of telluride. Just an overall fun hike to the top of falls. If you’re feeling adventurous and have some time, it’s well worth adding the hike to the blue lake. The views on the way are some of the best around. Totally worth the extra miles. It’s a solid medium difficulty, not too hard, though long. Tons of fun

Anna Le
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HikingGreat!

This trail was fabulous! A mix of every type of view. We walked from town and took the dirt road up for the panoramic views, and the trail through the forest down for a different experience. On the way down, there’s a second waterfall that was pretty cool.

Denae Chandler
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HikingGreat!

Incredible beautiful hike and then the falls are breathtaking. Difficult hike but worth it. Go slow if you must. Take your time. But go!! Oh my. We were not confident that we could go back down the trail because it’s so difficult. Did not want to fall or twist an ankle...so we walked back down the road.

Michelle Grabinski
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HikingGreat!

Disclaimer: A review from two 31 year olds from sea level who actively workout a few times a week but are amateur hikers. Bridal Veil Falls is a moderate hike from our experience. Hiking poles are helpful for the hike but definitely not required. We agree with other reviewers that taking the path through the forest vs the dirt road because of shade and less dust. And then you don’t have to deal with cars driving by and it is way more beautiful. If you go during the dry season like we did, the “hazardous creek” is completely dried up and can be confusing if you are looking for water. It took us about 3.5 miles in just under 3 hours with stops for pictures. We brought trail mix, jerky, protein bars and about 2 liters of water. If you happen to have a 4x4 vehicle, it would be nicer to drive up to the base of the falls and then hike up to the top and Blue Lake. Blue lake is another 5 miles. We ran out of time for that but wish we would’ve done that instead.

Danielle Shea
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Hiking

Very busy but good trail to a gorgeous waterfall

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Alyssa Voorhies
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Perfect family hike! Our three year old was able to do .75 miles of the total (before riding in the hike chair) and loved climbing rocks on the trail. It was shaded pretty much the whole way. The waterfalls were beautiful and you got sneak peeks along the way. We were a bit confused at the top since the hike continues on towards blue lake - we hiked about 1 mile up the road and decided to turn around - stopped off at the old mine on our way down though. Overall pretty cool!

Stacey Johnson
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Hiking

Accidentally took the hiking trail rather than the suggested All Trails route, which I took on the way down. The all trails route is along a road. Getting passed by cars is less than ideal when trying to enjoy nature, we could have just drove to the waterfalls if I wanted that. In hindsight would have definitely taken the hiking trail both ways, since it’s the same trailhead.

Matthew K
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Hiking

This trail was extremely crowded when we completed it on a Saturday morning. The trail itself is fairly nice with some other waterfall views besides the main attraction. The trail is just too narrow for the amount of people that want to hike it so there’s a lot of stop and go. I would recommend hitting this early morning before the crowds arrive.

Hannah Eppley
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Hiking

Did this hike one afternoon during our few days in Telluride. There’s a hiking trail or option to walk up the road. The trail was totally worth the work! There are additional waterfalls that would be missed just walking up the road. It was definitely a work out but completely worth it for the views and waterfalls.

John Matthews
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Hiking

Any suggestion that someone should drive this instead should be IGNORED. The road is a one-way DOWN road that only expert off road drivers should even consider after taking an off road driving course. Hike it, give the off road drivers plenty of room as this is one of the hardest off road drives in the country.

Adam L.
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Hiking

Did this Saturday 7/25. There is a trail or a road you can take. The trail is a little wild but makes for a fun hike. One stream crossing where we had to take off our boots. Water was freezing but made it across no problem. Took the road on the way down which was much easier just gotta make sure to stay out of the way from vehicles.

Andrew Suda
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Hiking

Starting from the bottom of the mountain, this is 8 miles round trip. Beautiful hike. Scrambling wasn’t so bad. Enjoy the view and swim at the lake on top!

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Vera Zhdanova
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Great!

This trail newly made just recently as I am aware. Not very hard, but me coming from TX, was getting out of breath anyway. Beautiful views!!! That water fall, just wowowow!

Chris Hathaway
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Hiking

The trail is super crowded and a pretty difficult trek up. I’d totally recommend driving up to the falls if you’ve got a vehicle that can handle it, and if you don’t, I’d rent one instead of hiking the trail. The falls are beautiful, and a 5 star destination, but when you have the choice to either hike on a road with nonstop trucks passing, or a super crowded trail with idiots everywhere, it really takes away from the peaceful nature of hiking I love.

Johnathan Bayer
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

Ok this trail was more intense than expected. The people hiking don't know to get out of the way when a heavy ass vehicle is sliding down a rock, they just stand there clueless. The last step before the switch backs was really slick since it just rained. The switch backs were easier than expected.

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Christine Heath
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Hiking

Great trail with up close views of the falls

Matt Marcotte
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This a lot tougher than expected. The final mile and a half or so was rough. I think mainly because I was excited and ready to get there. Then I sat and enjoyed the view before snapping some photos. Bring plenty of water. #thisguytravels303

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Ethan Cotton
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Hiking

Very busy trail from the parking lot to the base of the waterfall. If you make it to the base, definitely continue along the gravel road switchbacks at least a little ways if not to the top for the amazing panoramic views of the box canyon

Wendi Thacker
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Fun short drive! Falls are gorgeous

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Julie P.
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HikingRockyScramble

*This review is of the new trail that is for hikers only. I would definitely rate this trail as difficult. It’s extremely narrow and you’re stepping over tree roots and stumps and going up, around, and over boulders. It’s also very steep.

Brian Bradow
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Hiking

Best family hike of Telluride by far. Did it with 13,9 and 5 year olds. Also did it 4 years ago and there was only the dusty road up to the falls. Since the new wooded path was created last year, this hike has gotten even better than it already was. We started at 8am, which kept us in the shade before the sun snuck over the Eastern rim and a good parking spot. If you have to pick between Bear Creek and this one, choose this one. EXTRA TIP: About 15-20min before you get to the top you will hear another smaller runoff waterfall to your right. If u take the small side path you’ll find it. There’s a gorgeous pool at the base. A bit slippery going down to it, but a quick dip in the crystal clear pool is a MUST. Do it in regular clothes if you must, but DO IT! I posted a pic of it with me and my daughter holding our hands up at the base)

Tony Nguyen
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

Took our 4x4 Nissan Pathfinder up to the bottom of the falls. The open space there can only fit a few cars (6-8) so if you want to drive up, be sure to wake up early.

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Leslie Murray
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfall!

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Alex Olivares
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HikingNo shade

Same path as what cars use so you can drive up. Pretty easy, just flat drivable terrain and switchbacks. View at top and of waterfall are worth it.

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