There are different options here for viewing the falls. The hike is up a dirt road and you can drive up there if your vehicle has four wheel drive, which makes the hike shorter. The road is so rough and rugged I would not attempt it in a passenger car. I would just hike up the road, although it is pretty steep and you have to deal with a lot of vehicles passing you on the road. From the main parking area (before the switchbacks begin) it is about a mile and a half one way. It is popular and heavily trafficked here, with switchbacks, but the hike isn't too hard, especially when you consider all the sublime and breathtaking views surrounding you. There is so much lush greenery, wildflowers, and amazing views of the falls and the valley. You can look out over Telluride, surrounded by gorgeous mountains and green hillsides. It is just stunning to stand at the base of the Bridal Veil Falls, water crashing down for 365 feet. They are misty, dramatic, gigantic, and so beautiful from bottom to top.