Paradise Cove Swimming Hole Trail

MODERATE 63 reviews
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Paradise Cove Swimming Hole Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Florissant, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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From mid-May to mid-September, there is a $6 per vehicle day-use fee. There are regulations in place: no alcohol, no overnight camping, no amplified music, no target shooting, no glass, pets must be on a leash, and parking in designated areas only. Visitors are only allowed to use the area between dawn and dusk. https://www.blm.gov/visit/guffey-gorge A Granite Walled Swimming Hole: Paradise Cove (also known as Guffey Gorge) is a hidden little swimming hole near Cripple Creek. The cove is a short, but sometimes steep 1/2 mile (one way) hike. You will be rewarded for your modest effort with an afternoon of fun, and a whole lot of good stories to tell your friends. The cove itself is a small but deep pool, fed by a small waterfall. The pool is surrounded by steep granite cliffs that provide diving platforms for the adventurous. There are three different heights, each providing different levels of thrills and danger. Aside from swimming and cliff jumping the site is very scenic and a fun place to just hang out. Note: Cliff jumping is very dangerous - proceed at your own risk

hiking
21 days ago

Went this past weekend and the trail was pretty nice, especially through the field and past the stream, up to the opening of Guffey Gorge. The trail down to Paradise Cove was a bit difficult; uneven footing and unstable rocks, so make sure you wear proper shoes and watch your footing on the way down and back up. The swimming hole was nice, and although other reviews said there were too many people down there and it was crowded - yes, that's true - but the people were all very friendly and everyone was having fun together. Recommend on a hot day when you want to cool off in the water!

25 days ago

fun!

hiking
28 days ago

Cool spot! Short hike but with a few steep & rocky areas that may be difficult. Swimming hole is pretty but crowded with teenagers - but you can find some quiet spots to have a picnic if you go a little deeper.

1 month ago

we are in our early 60s and from South Texas, 9' above sea level. I found couple rocky steep areas quite difficult due to uneven footing, shortness of breath and excited dog on end of the leash. it is a pretty walk and several places for dogs to wade in water on leash. We made the walk on a Monday. and swimming area was fairly crowded. 2 parking area were almost full.

hiking
1 month ago

Needs supervision wild kids and partying, it used to be nice. Its a very short hike nice waterfall but can't take pictures and enjoy because of to many people. It clearly says no jumping off the rocks but no one there to reinforce the rule and there is a line of kids jumping off and every year someone is air lifted out.

1 month ago

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME! I live in Guffey and this place used to be nice. Trashy kids just trash this place. Nothing but drinking and partying. kids are ALWAYS getting hurt jumping the cliffs. PLEASE if you go, don't litter!!!! This place should be SHUT DOWN!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Extremely Short Hike to the Cove. Short enough to even bring a chair and cooler.
But if you venture a little farther in from the Cove you can climb up into the formations if desired.
Very much a mini frat party at times. Expect a good sized younger crowd drinking beer and playing music.
Great area though. Highly recommend!

1 month ago

The swimming hole itself is really pretty. Super short hike, with pretty scenery. Be prepared for huge crowds of frats guys partying. Huge crowds, loud music, partying, and littering from stupid kids. Honestly ruined the beautiful spot. Would not return.

2 months ago

Beautiful spot. Tons of people. It felt like a frat party. This place would be wonderful on a hot weekday without many other people there.

3 months ago

I wouldn't go back unless it was for a swim. too short a hike otherwise. was beautiful though and awesome swimming hole though too popular of a spot for my liking... too many people. of suggest a week evening to avoid the people.

3 months ago

beautiful but too short for me. Awesome swimming hole.

hiking
8 months ago

Quick trail to a beautiful destination. We were lucky enough to be the only ones there today. Worth the drive from the springs.

Updated: We just went back in January and the cove was beautiful. Covered in ice, it made it really special.

hiking
9 months ago

My twin boys and two pups loved this outing. We were pretty much alone and only crosses paths with four other hikers. It is a very short hike but it is a beautiful one with a great scenery for a picnic at the cove.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful area. Worth the drive from Woodland Park!

hiking
10 months ago

Parking lot was full. We had 4 kids with us, (9months, 18 months, 3 years, 5 years) The babies were carried by baby back! packs. VERY STEEP right at the beginning, our friend fell with her baby on backpack, both were okay. Couple times you pass a creek. Very steep on the way down to cove as well. I felt it was worth it and did it with a baby on me. I jumped the cliff too. Addrenal rush! I didn't like all the drinking going on and there was law enforcement present writing tickets to some. Didn't bother us any. Good time with the family. On the way back to the parking lot was a heeping pile of beers cans left on trail, we picked up! Be responsible and respectful to mother earth!

hiking
11 months ago

I actually have a question (sorry I couldn't figure out how to ask it elsewhere): how "easy" is the trail? One of our party is an older person who is not in great shape and is also afraid of heights. Are there spots where the footing is unsure and there is the potential to fall any distance? Thanks!

hiking
11 months ago

My son suggested we check out this place called "Paradise Cove". . . . Never heard of it. Been in the area for 13 years! After a hour and a half drive, we pulled into the parking lot. and headed up the trail. What a Pleasant little walk. About a mile one way, to a wonderful little spot. I'm not much of a swimmer, so I did a lot of "hanging out", but the kids chose to take the "plunge". . . Over all it was a Great Day! Friendly folks, Nice Hike, Beautiful area!! If You're looking for a Nice place to spend an afternoon, This is it.

11 months ago

It was pretty great!
The parking lot wasn't full, the trail was beautiful and the people friendly and respectful. The swimming hole was very well taken care of by the people who come to visit, which is great. We plan to go back and make this a regular place to visit.

trail running
Friday, July 07, 2017

Beautiful views.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This hidden gem isn't so hidden anymore. However the trip was well worth it. Beautiful scenic drive there and a beautiful area. Our kids absolutely loved it!! Short hike and plenty of areas for the kids to explore. This is a hiking trail that has no limits to other areas off the path that kids and adults will spend hours exploring some of the most beautiful rock cliffs and trails that run along a gentle stream. The only downside is there were about 40 people there when we got there but everyone was super friendly and mostly stayed at the small cove to cliff jump in the water. Most of the area had little to no people and we can't wait to visit again!!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Awful. Young party goers everywhere, drinking, partying, and constantly yelling, using alcohol and drugs, completely trashing what I'm sure was once a lovely spot in nature. Young people dangerously and stupidly jumping off the cliffs, despite warning signs of injury and death. I knew it was only a matter of time, and sure enough, a girl was severely injured while we were there. She was bleeding profusely and screaming and hollering and crying as people tried to administer first aid on her in a remote area. The hike looked like it had once been beautiful, but now it is trashed, ruined, and dangerous, and the whole situation made me extremely angry and annoyed, not at all a good, peaceful or positive experience in nature for a summer Saturday off of work.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Not family orientated on the weekends, due to young military members. A lot of fun to jump off of! No swimming area besides the diving hole. Very pretty, has a little climbing that may be hard for toddlers. Puppy friendly!

walking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

There really isn't a hike here. While, you need to be able to navigate a few rocks and steep spots, other than that it's a gentle short 1/2 mile or less walk in. There are vault toilets at the trailhead and parking for about 20 vehicles. No food or water available. Bring a blanket and picnic. Good for about an hour total if you chill and eat.

This really seems to be a hang out for college age kids.

Please don't jump off the rocks. They have to haul out so many people from here that they've pre-installed rescue/recovery points in the rocks.

Monday, March 27, 2017

This really isn't a "hike" I guess. Found some broken glass and beer bottles. The cove was alright. Quick 7 minute walk one way.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Very pretty area. I wish the hike was longer to get there. A lot of people have left cracked glass and other trash so keep an eye on your dogs.

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Gorgeous place, and an easy hike year round. Only downside is a lot of trash left all over, but that doesn't take away from the beauty of the canyon!

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

such a great hidden gem

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

It's 100% beautiful everywhere you look!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Went here with some locals on a Saturday. Lots of people at the swimming hole getting drunk and smoking pot. The cove is a very pretty place but there's lots of broken glass and trash. I wish someone was there to patrol the area a little better. People were jumping in off the cliff walls right and left, some scary jumps.

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Easy hike and extremely beautiful all around. There was a lot of trash such as beer cans and cigarette butts but overall a place worth going to!

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