Trinchera Falls

Florence, Colorado 81290

Trinchera Falls

Trinchera Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Trinchera Creek slides peacefully into Colorado from New Mexico, making its way north through Trinchera Canyon before settling into the Purgatoire River. At Trinchera Falls, the creek spills through a narrow crevice and emerges in a horsetail spray, splashing its bounty into a secret cavern carved in stone.

The route begins on a dirt road that is not maintained. Piñon pine, yucca, juniper, and walking stick cactus sprout from the ground, while across the prairie to the west, you’ll have views of—from left to right—9,626-foot Fishers Peak Mesa, 9,627-foot Fishers Peak, the Culebra Range, 13,626-foot West Spanish Peak, and 12,683-foot East Spanish Peak. As the road descends, the western wall of Trinchera Canyon appears to the right. The road fades and a cairn marks the rocky trail down to Trinchera Creek, where Trinchera Cave lies directly ahead."

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Trail Information

Florence
Nearby City
3.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
5,590 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,420 feet
Top Elevation
Waterfalls
Features
Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, (303) 297-1192, wildlife.state.co.us
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 100 E2; USGS Colorado Quad Maps: Trementina Canyon, Trinchera Cave
Local Maps