Ouzel Falls is one of our favorite waterfalls to visit in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. In spring and summer months it becomes a popular attraction due to it’s scenic surroundings and easy access via several trails that lead to its base or by taking a short drive from Estes Park. The falls are named for the American dipper bird (also known as ouzels) that frequent the area during breeding season.
The Ouzel Falls cascade down over a verry impressive 300 feet (91 meters) into an blueish green emerald pool below. Why we recommend making the trek to this natural attraction is due to its unique two-tiered cascading waterfalls along with the surrounding wilderness as you hike up to an elevation of 8,737 feet. At the base you’ll witness rushing waters that flow Ouzel Lake down into the Wild Basin.
How to get to the falls
The hike to Ouzel Falls starts at Wild Basin Trailhead which is located just south of Allenspark on Highway 7. From there you will follow signs until you reach Copeland Lake where you’ll be directly across from Ouzel Creek and it’s beautiful blue-green waters. Continue around the lake and their you will start to see the falls cascading down into a deep pool below a rockslide area known as “the Cascades”.
The trail to reach Ouzel Falls starts off rather easy but does start to get steeper as you gain elevation through the forest. Along your hike you will have plenty of opportunities to take in stunning views of Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, Copeland Mountain, and other peaks in the Continental Divide Range before finally reaching Ouzel Falls itself.
When you done enjoy this beautiful waterfall, enjoy some other outdoor activities in the parks such as enjoying several nearby hiking trails, rock climbing, fishing, and even swimming in warmer months.
Location and Map of Ouzel Falls
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