Bridal Veil Falls

Estes Park, Colorado

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Meadows and aspen groves surround the way to a waterfall easy to imagine from its name. In spring, this may be the most interesting and spectacular waterfall in the national park. Waterfalls commonly have been named for a common item of wedding attire, so Rocky Mountain National Park also has its Bridal Veil Falls. It seems unfortunate that a name made mundane by overuse should label what may be the most unusual and interesting waterfall in the national park. No less dull would be The Falls or merely Waterfall. Bridal Veil Falls is doubly cursed by being formed by Cow Creek, a name saved from equal dullness only by alliteration. When bolstered by melting snow, Cow Creek bursts over a ledge and crashes into a basin whose form throws the water back into the air.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Meadows and aspen groves surround the way to a waterfall easy to imagine from its name. In spring, this may be the most interesting and spectacular waterfall in the national park. Waterfalls commonly have been named for a common item of wedding attire, so Rocky Mountain National Park also has its Bridal Veil Falls.

It seems unfortunate that a name made mundane by overuse should label what may be the most unusual and interesting waterfall in the national park. No less dull would be The Falls or merely Waterfall. Bridal Veil Falls is doubly cursed by being formed by Cow Creek, a name saved from equal dullness only by alliteration. When bolstered by melting snow, Cow Creek bursts over a ledge and crashes into a basin whose form throws the water back into the air.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 7,840 feet
Top Elevation: 8,900 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80510; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Estes Park; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Bridal Veil Falls

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