Piedra Falls

Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81157

Piedra Falls

Piedra Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This short day hike to pretty Piedra Falls is a wonderful walk for children. You’ll find plenty of space to park and lots of space for a primitive camp along the East Fork Piedra River. There are no other amenities.

From the marked trailhead, follow Piedra Falls Trail 671 along the East Fork Piedra River for 0.2 mile. A sign points the way at a trail intersection. You’ll head into the trees (conifers and aspens) until the 0.5-mile point. After leaving the shelter of the trees, you’ll reach the multitiered falls at 0.6 mile."

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Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Susan Joy Paul
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"The East Fork of the Piedra River pours from an unnamed lake at 11,000 feet in the San Juan Mountains, and travels southwest for 11 miles, to the Piedra River. At Piedra Falls, it surges through a narrow cleft, plunges over volcanic rock, and explodes in a thundering mist. Of all the trailheads in this book, Piedra Falls Trailhead is the most difficult to find, but the hike itself is short, and the waterfall is spectacular. Piedra Falls Trail (#671) begins on a gravel road at the edge of the parking area, and follows the river upstream. The trail veers left, travels through the forest, and then curves right to meet up with the river again. You’ll traverse a steep slope on a narrow path and enter a canyon filled with volcanic rock."

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Trail Information

Pagosa Springs
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San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District, Pagosa Springs; (970) 264-2268
Local Contacts
USGS Pagosa Peak; Trails Illustrated Weminuche Wilderness; DeLorme 3D TopoQuad CD-ROM; Maptech Terrain Navigator CD-ROM
Local Maps

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