Explore the most popular waterfall trails near Ouray with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Amazing !!!! Climbing up the waterfall and enjoying the beauty!!! The kids loved it.

Great hike with amazing views of Ouray. You walk through the mine, which is cool. I would suggest going up to the mine first and then doing the remaining part of the Portland Loop trail as that will get the hardest part over first.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike and definitely not one to miss when visiting the area. That said, the trail is actually *6.3 MILES* not 4.7. It was at least a moderate trail with some parts relatively strenuous, so if you plan on doing the full trial you need to be in good shape. We hiked the full trail in 3.5 hours. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen as it gets hot!

You pass several waterfalls, caves, through forests, and on cliff edges! If you only do one hike, so this one. You also see Baby Bath Tub and Cascade Falls from this hike so you essentially see everything, including the adorable town itself!

Be aware at at the end you walk through a small neighborhood and then through an RV camping/trailer park section but it’s not long before your back to the visitors center. Have fun!

What an awesome trail so close to town. Has it all. Great views, changing terrain. Excellent markings. Added a new section up Oak Creek and back down Old Twin Peaks that is not in the AllTrails map.

This trail was amazing!! The views were amazing and so was the famous Cascade Falls that you can walk behind. Turkey great hike, but be prepared.

My husband took the Jeep up, no problem and I hiked to the lake with the dog. Easy hike, gorgeous views

hiking
14 days ago

A beautiful hike, but they are going to get people in bad situations if they don't update the description! It is definitely a MODERATE trail at least. A LOT of uphill... not climbing, but uphill.

And, the 4.7 miles listed is WAY off!! We ended up backtracking a big due to some confusion after leaving the visitor center (hint... a good portion of the first mile or so is a road! Get a map at the visitor center). We completely blew off the last half of the trail east of Hwy 550, cut down the Hwy and through town, and still finished at 6.5 miles for this 4.7 mile trail.

Beautiful views and I'm glad we went counter clockwise from the visitor center b/c that got us to the falls, but we were very disappointed to hit 5 miles and realize we were barely 1/2 way done, if even that.

hiking
15 days ago

Great family trail around Ouray, but gotta be careful on a few parts. Parked at Cascade Falls. Walked around clockwise, to the Baby Bathtubs, down and around to Box Canyon Falls. Then back through town to the Ouray Brewery for lunch. Garmin showed about 5.1 miles for all that. Carried a 2 yo in a pack. 7yo walked. Good signage.

off road driving
16 days ago

Drove to the trailhead in mostly stock 02 Dodge Dakota QC Shortbed. Took a ding or two to the undercarriage, but I was rushing. No problem if you’re more patient than me.

Did this trail yesterday, June 28, 2018. Wild flowers were in full bloom, absolutely beautiful. Trail goes from easy to moderate the higher up you go. My F150 4x4 had no problems. Highly recommend this trail. Stoped in Ouray at the hot springs for a swim on the way back to Telluride.

backpacking
25 days ago

** the trail has been extended and more additions are underway. Don’t cheat yourself out of an even better hike, follow the signage! Took it super slow and stopped every time there was running water or a nice overlook, which was a lot. Managed to stretch it out over 5 hours or so, made for a great little romp between lunch and dinner.

Really fun with a rewarding view at the top. The falls are great even in this super dry year, forming small pools to cool off in. Highly recommend going on to the old mine buildings, particularly the far one which has an old Denver mining co drill and some other interesting equipment in it, not to mention a fantastic view of the town below. The blocked off cavern just past it contains a vertical shaft apparently created with that rock drill in the building.

Gorgeous views, lots of water and wildflowers!! We took our Tacoma and it did great up the 4x4 roads!

trail running
26 days ago

Breathtaking views! Easy to locate trail...well marked. 1700ft of elevation change!! I tracked 7.45mi on MapMyRun. Bring plenty of water! Ran in 1:43, but had to leave time for pics!!

Great for kids.

5 stars because it is a beautiful trail!!! It is NOT 4.7 miles, it is closer to 6-7 miles. Definitely pack snacks and water. It took us 5 hours with our 2 boys, ages 9 and 6 to take in all of the beautiful sights/scenery and enjoy them and have snacks and water along the way. They did an amazing job. The first part of the trail by the visitor center is the hairiest of the trail!!! We loved it though!

hiking
29 days ago

Great trail BUT they’ve added trail on the west side of town. We meandered a bit and came in right at 7 miles.
The visitor center by the hot springs has the latest map.

Description is perfect. Falls are awesome but at a distance. Finding a way to get closer to that splash.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with great vistas! Waterfalls, forrest, and a great view of the cute little town!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Don’t underestimate the vertical gain, but don’t let it stop you either. Well worth the effort!

off road driving
1 month ago

This is a 26 mile route from Lake City, CO to just south of Ouray. It took me 3;47. The eastern portion climbs slowly and is relatively easy with multiple abandoned mines and beautiful vistas. the pass tops out at 12,800 feet then climbs further as you head west. The western portion is steep in places, full of bare rock and boulders, and very treacherous. There are narrow portions with steep drop offs, at least a dozen hairpin turns, and many sharp rocks. My jeep Grand Cherokee bottomed out at least a dozen times.
My recommendations:
4 wheel drive low is absolutely essential
Do not drive the western portion of this road if there has been any rain. It gets very slippery.
High road clearance with short wheel base and low center of gravity would be ideal.

This trail has it all! Mountains, woods, meadows, a waterfall, a tunnel, gorges, bridges, fun places to play in the water, and vistas galore! This is by far one of my favorite trails. It is steep in places, so you may have to take your time. We completed it in about 3.5 hours with minimal stops. The trail is 5.8 miles - make sure to stop by the visitor's center to get a map!

Lovely trail. Great views of a beautiful city.

Amazing trail. We did this trail, part by part, so that we could make it almost halfway. Traffic is high in some areas, and almost deserted in other areas. Some steep parts, and parts that are straight uphill. Tiring but amazing. Recommend for everyone.

Not too difficult, very pretty.

Super easy hike. Definetely worth the short walk up to it. we walked up behind the waterfall and got some good photos and videos of the waterfall from behind the curtain of water. Kid friendly. Will take the kids next time. They will be sure to enjoy it.

Awesome hike, but if you only have one day in Ouray, the perimeter hike is the way to go. This one offers excellent views of "the amphitheater" but the steepness of it was a bit arduous and monotonous at times (as compared to the perimeter trail)

Much longer and more difficult than expected, but this trail has it all. There were so many different highlights of the hike I can't even begin to list them all! The scenery changed so drastically throughout the hike it's hard to pick a favorite part of it!

hiking
1 month ago

Not too hard of a trail. A bit steep on the switch backs but the view and waterfalls are worth it. 3ish hours round trip from the amphitheater campground.

Fairly steep trail, with lots of sun, so I recommend starting early. No views early on, but once you climb past the tree line everything opens up. We turned around at the waterfall in sight of the mine because the snow bridge covering the water didn't look particularly safe, but others had evidently been crossing it. Sticks are highly recommended, especially for going down -- very steep and sliding is a problem. No snow on the trail except at the waterfall.

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