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


bird watching





wild flowers


no dogs

4 months ago

Better than expected. Easily accessible for the kiddos.

4 months ago

Upper and lower Copeland Falls are a short easy hike less than half a mile in. Calypso Cascades is about 2 miles in and is slightly more uphill. Both are beautiful!! We arrived at the trailhead about 3:30pm and there were several spots to park. If you hike past Calypso Cascades about another mile you'll find Ouzel Falls. Much steeper and took about another hour up. Beautiful!! Took us about 3.5 hours round trip.

4 months ago

Great day hike.

4 months ago

Pretty trail, about 4 miles out and back. Lots of options to go further if you want to.

5 months ago

Trail trekkers
Sept 2018

6 months ago

moderate hike with beautiful views and waterfalls.

6 months ago

easy hike for the kiddos....we actually preferred these falls over Alberta!

6 months ago

WE ARE GOING AGAIN! Do I need to say more. Great trail. VERY busy, but that is to be expected in RMNP. The trail gets warm by midmorning so start early.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail in Park. Falls, trees lots of boulders. Be aware no cell service in area so have a map if not familiar w roads. Drive up 7 from Lyons is gorgeous!

7 months ago

Beautiful hike, with the upper and lower Copeland Falls close to the trailhead. Calypso Cascades at the end are fantastic. Be aware that if you arrive later in the morning, you will likely have to park in the lot 1 mile from the trailhead.

7 months ago

gorgeous trail! Loved it! The cascades are beautiful!

7 months ago

Easy, well manicured trail to gorgeous falls. Loved it.

7 months ago

This trail is GORGEOUS!!! Nice, leisurely stroll through the trees past beautiful waterfalls.

8 months ago

The hike is stunning. Waterfall after waterfall and pretty easy the entire time. Calypso cascades is incredible and pictures don’t do it justice. Completed early June. No snow problems.

10 months ago

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

10 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

Friday, February 09, 2018

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.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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....!?!?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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!

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