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Paradise Cove Swimming Hole Trail

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Guffey Gorge

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.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 147 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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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

Don't bring glass bottles, they are prohibited and I have seen sheriffs ticketing for this. Bring along a trash bag to pack out your trash, along with any other trash you find at the cove.

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Robert Hoover
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Nature tripsFee

Such a beautiful spot ruined by trashy people with no class.

Thad Pinney
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Hiked in mid morning before the crowds. Trail was relatively clean dispite it's popularity. Pool was cool and jumping in was a blast. Definitely worth the short hike in. Check the depths before you jump from the higher ledges and know where the deep pockets are. Go early before the crowds and it is quite peaceful. Hike down stream for some more peaceful/shallow pools.

Clay Geistweidt
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Nature trips

Beautiful and amazing site to see and worth it but just very crowded with many people not being considerate playing music, openly drinking booze, and not throwing their trash away. If you live in Colorado and go PLEASE pick up your trash. We took trash bags after hearing it was messy and picked up a solid 1/2 bag worth that shouldn’t have been there to begin with. Again, if you go please just be the better person and bring trash bags to pickup trash even if it isn’t yours.

Sammi Conrey
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WalkingFeeGreat!Rocky

Pretty short trail, Rocky towards the end when you walk down towards the cove. Was super packed on a Wednesday afternoon, but was to be expected so we didn’t mind. Cliff jumping was fun, water levels were high so we jumped from a higher point. Very fun filled afternoon and all the people at the cove were friendly.

Erin Bauer
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Hiking

Really busy. Was traveling with kids (aged 11-15) and thought this would be cool spot to check out. It seems like a popular high school hangout. Water was pretty low. It was too crowded to get in. I enjoyed hike, scenery, and wished it was longer. We camped in near by Mueller SP and it was beautiful.

Becky Schubkegel
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Hiking

Nice trail over springs to paradise cove. Water was low and jumpers were hitting the bottom. Be careful!

Adam Eccher
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HikingMuddyRocky

$6 fee for parking, lots of people not wearing a mask but everyone was having a good time and there’s a bathroom!

Callie Wise
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Hiking

Beautiful drive to get there. Limited, crowded parking and $6 cash fee. The short hike is very, very pretty and at the end quite rocky and steep to get down to the water. Don’t go expecting a peaceful swim - it was absolutely packed with people and you couldn’t get in the water because there was a never ending line of people jumping off the cliffs above into the swimming hole. It was entertaining to watch but kind of a bummer to not be able to get in the water. This review is from coronavirus times and it was very crowded with people close together and almost no one wearing masks. If you keep walking past the swimming hole there’s a really pretty area with rocks on the creek where you can hang out with a little more space. Was an interesting experience but I don’t anticipate going back.

Jim Low
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HikingFee

A short hike to a hidden gem. The shaded walk and refreshing pool were just what our family needed to cool off on a hot summer day. No parking problems or crowded trail issues for us on a Tuesday afternoon in late June.

Jasmine Marie
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HikingRocky

Crowded even on a weekday, nobody wearing masks obviously

Matthew Baca
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HikingRockyScramble

Not much of a hike, but a beautiful little swimming hole.

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Simon Le Couteur
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Hiking

Used to be a Paradise. Now super crowded. It took us 45 mins to find parking spots. The walk down to the cove is getting eroded from the hundreds of people. Trash everywhere. Not recommended.

Venessa Ramos
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HikingFee

We arrived at 10:30 and there went only a few spots left. It was already crowded and as the day went on it got even more crowded. The hike to the cove was really easy but I did see some people fall on the way down from it being steep. If you’re worried about social distancing then this is not the place. Kind of felt like a place people came to party, not really enjoy nature. Watching cliff jumpers was a lot of fun. Couldn’t go in the water unless you were jumping. It was freezing though so no one was in it. $6 cash fee at entrance. Pretty views!

Gabriel Jason
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Hiking

Beautiful hike to the river and swimming hole and hiking down the river reveals some nice hang out spots but midday on a Saturday the place was way overcrowded and the were was no chance to enjoy the swimming hole unless you were cliff diving and too much trash.

Andrea Mary
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HikingRocky

I hiked there this morning (5:30 am) and the parking lot was empty. I loved the short, easy walk in the brisk 34 degree air. The cove looked stunning from a distance, but there were glowsticks ALL around and in the cove. Lots of clothes, food, and cans were littering the area too. It was a devastating sight to see. Everyone needs to take their trash out with them. It would be a 5-star rating if it weren't for the litter.

Lori Stampher
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Hiking

I used to live in Florrisant and Guffey as a teenager back in the late 70’s, and we used to swim & hang out there all the time. Most times we had the place all to ourselves, and now, it’s getting destroyed by all the people who visit and leave trash everywhere. It used to be a special secret place that only the locals knew about. I sure miss those days! “You call someplace Paradise, kiss it goodbye”!

April Luedtke
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loved this hike. worth the drive. its crowded usually but we found a spot by the creek to relax with our dog. cliff jumping and very very easy hike!

Maggie G
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Hiking

The cove is super small and there were a ton of people. If I went again, I’d definitely try to get there at dawn and keep my fingers crossed that there was no one there. We got there at 11 am and had to park about a half mile down the road as the parking lot was full. Be sure to not park between the no parking signs- when we left there was an officer issuing tickets. The hike itself was easy but I would recommend not hiking it in flip flops. Saw quite a few people slip.

Jocelyn Lees
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Hiking

The hike is just under a mile that is very easy. Once you finish the hike you get to this cove with water and you can jump off the the rocks! I went with friends and it was a lot of fun! We went as a day trip and it’s definitely a place to see!

Carolyn H
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Hiking

We did this hike with a 5 and 7 year old. While it is a bit rocky at the beginning and the end, it was nothing the kids could not handle. We were there on a weekday by 9 am, and it was not crowded. However, the younger crowd started rolling in by 9:30/10:00. I’m glad we did it early in the day to avoid all the people!

Kelli Maguire
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Please pick up your trash!!! Scumbag kids are already trashing the place, even the parking area. I live in Guffey and pass by here every day and it's sad how many kids stand in the middle of the road and park along the roadside where it's illegal to park. You will get ticketed! People have no respect for the land and its disgusting! If you pack it in.... PACK IT OUT! Including your trash and feces!

Kristina McCurdy
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Hiking

I went with a group of 11 on Saturday, Sep 21. I was nervous it was gonna be too busy to get a good spot for all of us to hang out & watch people jump, but that was not the case! And there were several great viewing areas to set up in around the cove. We got there at 10am and left around 3. We maybe saw another 40-50 people cycle through throughout the day, which was great because we got to watch lots of jumpers. The trail conditions were good, and there was a group of people working on improving the trail at the first steep decent near the parking lot. Kudos! Definitely need good shoes for the short hike.

Mike Sunner
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Hiking

beautiful hike, very peaceful in the morning when no one else is there.

Elizabeth Romero
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Coco ❤️
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Walking

As it stated above, you need to pay $6. Bring cash. This was SUPER heavy trafficked trail and a bunch of young crowd. A park ranger was sitting and watching for everyone's safety. The map shows you can go further from the swimming area but there really is nothing at the end of the trail. Had to walk around a tall bushy area and didn't see anything special. It's better to walk to the swimming area with a pair of shoes rather than with sandals. 08/25/2019 #45

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