Best Waterfall Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Chasm Falls

Waterfall hikes are exceptionally special hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Here are some of our favorite waterfall hikes that are family friendly:

Alberta Falls
location: RMNP
trailhead/parking: Glacier Gorge has a small parking lot and is serviced by the Bear Lake route shuttle, you can also reach the falls via Bear Lake TH (add .1 miles each way)
distance: .8 miles each way
elevation start: 9,180 ft
elevation gain: 160 ft
level of difficulty: I don’t think my toddler could make it all the way and back on this hike plus I’d worry about her getting too close to the edge of a rushing water fall, so we bring a child carrier.
landmarks: The impressive falls are beautiful year-round. This is a must see attraction in the park

Alberta Falls is a popular destination in Rocky Mountain National Park

Copeland Falls:
location: Rocky Mountain National Park in the Wild Basin Area located approximately 19 miles south of Estes Park on highway 7
trailhead/parking: the Wild Basin area is more remote than other areas of the park. Drive down narrow dirt roads to get to the Wild Basin trail head. There is no shuttle service in this area of the park.
distance: .3 miles each way
elevation start: 8,500 ft
elevation gain: 15 ft
level of difficulty: great for all ages and skill levels. Our toddler could walk most of the way, but we carry her in a child carrier or on our shoulders near the falls.
landmarks: lower and upper falls

Copeland Falls

Calypso Cascades
location: Rocky Mountain National Park in the Wild Basin Area located approximately 19 miles south of Estes Park on highway 7
trailhead/parking: the Wild Basin area is more remote than other areas of the park. Drive down narrow dirt roads to get to the Wild Basin trail head. There is no shuttle service in this area of the park.
distance: 1.8 miles each way
elevation start: 8,500 ft
elevation gain: 780
level of difficulty: After you pass Copeland Falls, the trail gains some good elevation. We use a child carrier for most of the hike.
landmarks: Copeland Falls (lower and upper), Calypso Cascades waterfall, several wooden bridges cross over streams, very lush and wooded trail

Calypso Cascades Rocky Mountain National Park Wild Basin

Sometimes you don’t even have to hike to enjoy a good water feature. The Alluvial Fan is located right off Old Fall River Road near Horseshoe Park.

Alluvial Fan

Further up Fall River Road is Chasm Falls. You will need to park and walk down steep steps to get to the viewing deck.

Chasm Falls

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