Into the Wild Basin

A less busy, more remote area of Rocky Mountain National Park is appropriately named the Wild Basin. We almost drove right past the entrance! Once you turn in, the road becomes more narrow and leads to dirt roads with limited parking.

On our first trip to the Wild Basin, our goal was mainly to scout out the area. We headed to the Wild Basin Trailhead and walked .3 miles to Copeland Falls. This picture of Cecy with her Daddy melts my heart.

Copeland Falls
Copeland Falls

We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed this lower elevation walk, so we came back on our next trip. On our second excursion, we went back to Copeland Falls and on to Calypso Cascades (1.8 miles from TH) then Ouzel Falls (2.7 miles from TH).

The trail follows a scenic mountain stream that you cross over several times. When we were there (early September 2015) the bridge at Ouzel Falls that leads to Ouzel Lake was wiped out from flooding. A crew was there working to rebuild.

Calypso Cascades
Calypso Cascades
Ouzel Falls
Ouzel Falls
bridge construction
bridge construction

We hiked a little off trail to find a better view of Ouzel Falls. My husband hiked an additional .2 miles (somewhat technical/not baby friendly) to the top of the falls and waved back down at Cecy and me as we played near the falls. I think Cecy really enjoyed the rushing sound of the falls and the soft mist that was coming off of it.

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