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Bridal Veil Falls Trail

MODERATE 260 reviews

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.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,368 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

ohv / off road driving

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

This trail is at the end of Colorado Ave in Telluride. There is a parking lot at the base of the trail, but there are other parking lots on the way up. However, it’s recommended that low clearance vehicles park at the bottom. Hikers share the trail with bikes, ATVs, and cars. The trail itself is a dirt road. Beautiful views of Telluride and the surrounding mountains. Part of the way up, there’s a path to the old mine area, where you can get a great view down the valley, but you have to cross a rickety bridge to get to the mine itself. Continue up past the falls to get to the power station, which is currently closed for construction. You CAN pass the gate, but enter at your own risk. The note above is incorrect. The trail is not washed out. This note is probably referring to Black Bear Pass. BBP is still open to hikers, but the local 4x4 outfits have mostly stopped running it.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

Waterfall is frozen. Cars were making it up with passenger tires. One car did get a flat. You share the road with hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

I only hiked to the base of the falls and back, which is 2.6 miles. No complaints, but it’s a shared used dirt road hike so that’s not always favorable (I hear there’s a trail?). If you drive up, be mindful of trees that may fall and impede your return. That’s what happened today, a fall, windy day.

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Took a Jeep trip up to base of falls. Great weather today, lots of vehicles and lots of hikers walking up.

hiking
2 months ago

Jeep trail. Decided to ride the bike.

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful views of the mountains and town. Seriously this road is pretty easy to do in your SUV. We drove all the way to the top and enjoyed walking over to the house and to the base of the falls. Definitely a must see in telluride. Easy drive with a beautiful pay off. Also hit blue lake while you’re at the top. It’s an additional 6 miles round trip but worth it. Take a swim, and enjoy the stunning blue color of the water!

hiking
2 months ago

The waterfall was beautiful, but I couldn’t find the trail and ended up walking up the road the whole time and moving aside for cars and motor bikes a lot. That being said, if you keep going past the power plant, the trail is stunning. I think most AWD cars could make it up the road to the top. I even saw some sedans up there. I’ll definitely be taking my Subaru Crosstrek up next time and starting a hike from the top of the falls. I didn’t make it to blue lake but did continue to Silver Lake which was well worth the extra effort for something more picturesque/scenic.

hiking
3 months ago

The falls are spectacular. I was disappointed that the "trail" is actually the Jeep road.

Racked on Blue Lake. Highly recommend a dip to cool off for the way down!

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is essentially a fire road. There is a new “trail” about 1/2 mile up the road on the right that will take you off the road and onto a dirt trail. Either way you’ll be breathing heavy but the views are worth it. I went up to the power house and down with my two dogs. One small river crossing on the road but super easy to get over without getting your feet wet. At 7am on a Friday the parking lot wasn’t busy but when we got back down at 10am it was getting pretty full. There’s porta-potties and a trash can in the parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

Fabulous views!!! It is just a fire road and there are a few (very few) cars driving very slowly, but that makes for a relatively easy (long) climb. The falls are truly impressive and the view back down the valley is spectacular.

hiking
4 months ago

Drove this trail. The falls are absolutely stunning. Would not enjoy it as a hiking trail. Basically a fire road.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

A lot of cars.

hiking
4 months ago

Get views. The road up is fine. There is no issues with avalanche debris. There are signs of an avalanche but it has been cleared from the road. I suggest going all the way to the top behind the power plant. Honestly, you can drive all the way to the top. I have a new Nissan Pathfinder with street tires and I could have made it if I had driven. Definitely a must hike while in Telluride.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike from the bottom parking area! Stopped and ate a snack just above the old power station. We were afraid of driving due to other reviews but could have easily been done in our GMC Acadia (there is a small creek crossing but again, I saw a compact car at the top). Also, did not see any washout from avalanche. There will be vehicles passing but who cares. We were happy hiking because we got better views! The switch backs make ascent/descent easier on the legs. The bottom of the falls are about halfway up and very cool, but be prepared to get wet if you get close! Stunning views of the falls, an old mine track, and the city of Telluride looking west. *If you want to drive to the top definitely leave early in the morning, no later than 8am I’d say.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

We hiked to the base of the falls with 5 kiddos! Path isn’t anything special, just a dirt road shared with roads and bikes. But the falls were roaring and beautiful!

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

I see no reason to do this on foot - it's a rocky dirt road with vehicles going up and down nonstop. We drove up in our Wrangler and had no issues, a Subaru Outback or anything with more clearance and a good driver can certainly make it up. The views from the base of the falls and the old mine are worth the bouncy drive up.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
4 months ago

Avalanche cleared but a few rock fields and a water crossing you should not try without a decent clearance 4WD. Heavy hiker traffic even on a Monday morning so take it slow and don’t dust the good people using their two leg drive to get up there. Falls are gorgeous and rushing hard. Take care, friends.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved the hike even though we cut it short. It's an easy to moderate section that offers plenty of opportunities for beautiful photos. Will come back to it and complete it in our next trip to Telluride

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked to the base of the falls. The falls are intense, and the view back toward telluride is quite breathtaking, but the trail itself is not fantastic. It’s just a dusty, gravelly road that you share with a bunch of cars and atvs. There is absolutely no shade the whole way to the base of the falls. I’m glad I did it to see the falls, but probably won’t do again.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views but all of the cars makes this trail really unenjoyable

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike – wish there were not cars on the road though not a lot of shade but the payout at the end is pretty worth it.

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

Beautiful but the whole pass was blocked off by snow

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked 7/15. Great trail close to the city. Lots of views looking over the city. You do hike up a dirt road, which I assume is open to cars, but with the avalanche wash outs some utility vehicles are cleaning up the area. You do get close to the falls which is great. Probably a must do if in the area.

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

Was a great trail. The views of Telluride and surrounding area were amazing. The bottom of the falls was something to see and enjoy.

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