Copeland Falls to Calypso Cascades

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Copeland Falls to Calypso Cascades is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

3.5 miles
606 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers


no dogs

1 month ago

Quite icy. Had snowshoes but only needed them to deal with the ice.

2 months ago

Loved exploring this snowy wonderland today. My waterproof hiking boots carried me through just fine- definitely a little slippery though around some of the turns towards the end

3 months ago

Only needed our snowshoes for the last .5 miles of the trail - everything else was packed down enough that our boots were just fine! Otherwise, absolutely beautiful hike.

6 months ago

The road to the Copeland/Calypso/Ouzel Falls trail head parking lot is closed so you will have to hoof it from the parking lot a mile away. Really snowy trail but nothing a good set of waterproof hiking boots cant handle. Copeland falls were starting to ice over and Calypso was almost hidden from the snow.

7 months ago

Amazing hike. Some snow on the ground but nothing dangerous. Kids (7,10) struggled a little at the end but still a good hike. Falls were stunning

7 months ago

Beautiful trail with colorful trees and a lovely Creek. Easy hike and refreshing!

8 months ago

Really fun trail with beautiful falls. We enjoyed how close you could get (in) to the falls. This trail does not allow dogs though. Wom wom.

8 months ago

Great trail with nice photo ops of the falls. Only tough place is at the top near Calypso falls. Copeland falls is only .3m from trailhead but still nice photo op.
Small privy at the top. OK for men but women....!?!?

9 months ago

This was a great hike to do with our 4 kids, (oldest is 10 youngest is 5). The trail follows water the whole way which makes it fun. There was a lot of traffic on the path so the only wildlife we saw was a couple hungry chipmunks.

9 months ago

Nice hike to some decent waterfalls. We did this one on the drive up from Denver, which I think made for a great intro to RMNP.

10 months ago

very beautiful hike. well worth paying for a day pass into the national park.

11 months ago

Great hike, not too difficult but you could go for a long time if you wanted to. I have taken two family members here when they have visited and they have both really enjoyed it. Make sure to get here really early or in the afternoon when people are leaving from their morning hike because of parking.

11 months ago

Beautiful river, beautiful falls, beautiful flowers, and beautiful weather. Who could ask for more. Arrive early. We were the first on the trail at 7:30. The trail and lot were both full at 11:00.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great hike!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tuesday, May 02, 2017


Let's start with that the parking is about a mile from the trailhead (it's still early in the season) but that worked out as a nice easy warm-up. My initial intent was to make it to Ouzel Falls but there was still too much slippery snow, IMO, past Calypso Cascades that I turned back. In spite of the snow and sleet that constantly fell, it was a very nice hike! The sound of the North St. Vrain Creek accompanied me all the time (as well as the occasional sound of crushing ice and flopping mud). It was playful going over the little brooks that crossed the trail. Very nice scenery! I have to come back on a sunny day!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

12-31 Snowshoe outing. Saw plenty of people in only hiking boots but it might be tough without snowshoes or tracks on the steep last half mile to the cascades. Mostly frozen and snow covered so not as impressive as in summer but still a great hike. The winter parking area adds a mile on to the hike each way. The restroom was open at the summer parking area though so that was nice.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Went last week. This is a nice, easy hike that passes through areas of dense forest. There were still yellow leaves on the trees and we brought our 7m and 2y old in the backpacks with no issues. Flat ground with a handful of slight inclines. Nice area for a short dayhike.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Great views and easy enough to complete in flip flops!

Friday, July 29, 2016

We ran the adjacent horse trail in to increase difficulty and to to have an easy option on day one altitude acclimatization It increases both distance and difficulty Running GPS app called it 2.9 miles out and back from wild basin area parking, first lot.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Enjoyed trail yesterday. Last time I was on this trail, it was in the 40's and a major downpour came when I was the furthest from my ride. Great spot, scenic and memorable.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Beautiful walk, very easy.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Great walk. Light snow was falling.

cross country skiing
Monday, October 19, 2015

Pretty nice, but just continue on the trail so that you can also experience the other two waterfalls, especially Ouzell.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Nice quick hike for those who can't do long hikes.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Copeland Falls is a nice easy trail leading to Copeland Falls and is suitable for all ages. A lot of picture opportunities, and beautiful scenery. If you hike to Copeland Falls you might as well continue onto Calypso Cascades at minimum if not also Ouzell falls as well.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Nice trail shady and follows the river. This hike I would choose to do every year.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

V easy trail and pretty falls on the way to Calypso cascades and Ouzel falls. Not as spectacular as the other two but still quite nice.i

Monday, June 22, 2015

Much different now vs. August with the rain and snow melt!!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

As I've mentioned before about other destinations along this trail and the Wild Basin area it is one of my favorite areas to both hike and snowshoe. If you're just going as far as Copeland Falls it's not difficult nor far. But the trail has so much more to offer beyond Copeland. Like any popular area trailhead get there early so you can park at the main lot. If you like water then this is a great trail to Copeland, Calypso, and Ouzel Falls.

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