3 Waterfalls in 3 Miles on Ouzel Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Ouzel Falls at the end of a 2.7 mile hike on the Wild Basin Trail

This easy 2.7 mile hike passes by three named waterfalls and numerous smaller cascades and trickles. The popular trail is shaded making for wonderful summer hikes, but the shade also means that this trail sometimes has snow into June. Bring your microspikes or snowshoes early in the season.

Wild Basin Map

Map showing Wild Basin entrance to the park

Enter RMNP at the Wild Basin Entrance

Wild Basin entrance station at Rocky Mountain National Park

Wild Basin Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Wild Basin Park Entrance Station is 12.5 miles south of Estes Park on Highway 7. Keep an eye out for a small sign because this remote entrance is easy to miss.

After entering the park, there is a short 2.2-mile drive on a one-lane dirt road past campsites and the Finch Lake Trailhead. The park recommends a 4wd vehicle, but we see compact cars use this road often with no problems. If you meet someone on the road, there are several pull-offs you can take to let them pass by. (Note: During the winter season, this road closes at the parking lot 1-mile prior to the Wild Basin Trailhead.)

When you reach the Wild Basin Trailhead, there is ample parking, a ranger station, and restrooms. Don't worry if you skip the restrooms. There's a rustic privy about halfway to Ouzel Falls on the trail.

Copeland Falls - 0.3 miles

Copeland Upper and Lower Falls.

Copeland Upper and Lower Falls.

It's just a short jont to this small waterfall along the North St. Vrain Creek. This is a perfect little stroll for those who have just arrived at high elevation or for parents traveling with small children. You can get up next to the shore, sit on the rocks, fish, or have a picnic. Explore the lower falls before heading up to the upper falls area.

Calypso Cascades - 1.8 miles

On the way to this meandering fall, you pass by the river with several smaller falls and rapids. There are some nice shady spots to sit and dunk your feet. There is also a spur trail that branches off to backcountry camping sites.

Small Bridge Before Calypso-Bridge Bridge No-Name Falls.

Small Bridge Before Calypso-Bridge Bridge No-Name Falls.

When you approach Calypso Cascades, you can't see it because of the dense woods on either side. Your first hint of the cascade is a small bridge at 1.6 miles that hops over an un-named waterfall. Up ahead 0.2 miles is the larger Calypso Cascades bridge. Once you step onboard the bridge, you get a prime viewing spot of the 200-foot tall cascades.

Calypso Cascades in Rocky Mountain National Park's Wild Basin

Calypso Cascades

Ouzel Falls - 2.7 miles

This is a popular spot on a nice summer day so you may have to wait your turn to sprawl out on large flat rocks and logs in front of Ouzel.

People enjoying Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

People enjoying Ouzel Falls

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