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Meadows and aspen groves surround the way to a falls easy to imagine from its name.
Bridal Veil Falls Professional Review and Guide
"Meadows and aspen groves surround the way to a falls easy to imagine from its name."
--Kent Dannen, Best Easy Day Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
More Bridal Veil Falls Professional Reviews and Guides
"The rushing waters of the spring runoff make this the ideal time of year to view this lovely waterfall. This hike to Bridal Veil Falls utilizes the excellent trail system of Rocky Mountain National Park, and yet no park fee is required from this trailhead. Pets, bikes and vehicles are forbidden. The trail is gradual and becomes steeper just before reaching the lovely waterfall. Spring is the ideal time for viewing the falls, since the snowmelt provides good runoff into Cow Creek. Any hike into Rocky Mountain National Park is a great chance to view wildlife because of their protected status within the park. Numerous beaver dams can be seen along the creek. While those critters are largely nocturnal, look for dippers (water ouzels) near the falls. Elk and deer are also frequently sighted along the banks of Cow Creek."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"While the spectacular main body of Rocky Mountain National Park is justifiably famed, the park has several corners worth investigating. Bridal Veil Falls on Cow Creek is one. Located north of Estes Park in the eastern sector of Rocky Mountain National Park, Bridal Veil Falls Trail is a 3-mile, flowery trek to a 20-plus-foot-high waterfall plunging over a dark rock face. Most of the route is quite gentle, but the last segment is a steep rocky pitch to the base of the falls. Wildflower alert: More than 80 wildflower species make for a colorful excursion."
--Pamela & David Irwin, Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range (Westcliffe Publishers).
"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."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Waterfall lovers will delight at this combination fall that tumbles down from on high as a cascade, slips along low-angle rock as a slide, and finally spreads its waters in a frothy veil. The hike follows Cow Creek and offers splendid views of 9,794-foot Sheep Mountain in the northeast quadrant of Rocky Mountain National Park.From the trailhead at McGraw Ranch, hike past the gate and up the gravel road and follow the bend to the left past cabins. At the first trail junction, go straight to stay on the Cow Creek Trail. Pass a privy to the right of the road and ascend timber steps. Ahead in the distance you will see 10,859-foot Dark Mountain, and to the right of the trail you will pass Sheep Mountain rising nearly 300 feet from the valley floor. Pass the trail junction to the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead and continue straight."
--Susan Joy Paul, Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides).
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