5 of the Best Waterfall Hikes Near Denver

When you visit Denver, taking time to explore the mountain landscape is a must. You can take your adventure to the next level by going on one of the incredible waterfall hikes near Denver. Not only will you experience a challenging trek and picturesque views on the way to the falls, you can also climb the rock face, go behind the waterfalls and, in some cases, swim under the refreshing cascade of water.

Colorado is full of activities for the thrill seeker in you. Download our free Vacation Guide to get our top recommendations for things to do and see in Denver, including waterfall hikes near Denver!

Where Are the Best Waterfall Hikes Near Denver?

With minimal drive time, you can find yourself at a number of trailheads, ready to embark on an exhilarating hike. Whether you plan to spend all day or just a few hours on the trail, any one of these waterfall hikes near Denver will offer just the adventure you’re seeking. Don’t forget your camera!

Before you head out for your adventure, pack plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks, and check out the weather conditions. When you arrive at the trailhead, always be on the lookout for posted notices about any trail maintenance or closures. 

Bridal Veil Falls at Idaho Springs

In less than 45 minutes, you can travel from Denver to Idaho Springs, CO, to experience Bridal Veil Falls. For the best view, park in downtown Idaho Springs and walk to Water Wheel Park. If you want to hike to the falls yourself, it’s an easy walk about ¼-mile from the parking area. In addition to enjoying the surrounding scenery, you will learn a little about Idaho Springs’ history as a gold rush town.

Boulder Falls

Roosevelt National Forest is about an hour from Denver and is home to Boulder Falls. This hike is short and sweet. The waterfall is only about 100 yards from the parking area, but the view is rewarding. Water spills out of the tree-lined rock face from about 70 feet in the air.

The Falls at Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Park is about an hour from Denver and has two beautiful waterfalls to enjoy, Huntington Falls and Rainbow Falls. While the waterfalls did not occur naturally (officials had to route water from a local source), they are still gorgeous and the hike up Strawberry Hill is enjoyable. While you’re there, explore the rocky path and walk across the bridge in front of the falls.

The cascade at Rainbow Falls is created from the water flowing from nearby Lloyd Lake. While you can’t climb to the peak of this waterfall, you can view the falls from several vantage points where you can also observe the ever-present wildlife.

Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park

For those who enjoy a group tour, join the folks at Rocky Mountain Rush in Estes Park for a guided tour and hidden waterfall experience. While this excursion is a bit further afield (it’s about 1 ½-hour drive to the Rocky Mountain National Park), the outing includes a knowledgeable guide who will point out wildlife, interesting plants, and take you to roaring waterfalls.

Where Is the Best Lodging in Denver?

Castle Marne is located in the heart of Denver and offers a convenient location for all of your Colorado adventures, including waterfall hikes near Denver! Spend the day adventuring and come home each afternoon to your spacious room where you can relax before joining us for afternoon tea. Get a good night’s rest and join us for a delicious breakfast each morning. Browse our rooms and book your favorite today!