Rushing Streams and Roaring Waterfalls

Large spring snowmelt in the park swells rivers and makes waterfalls roar. In the spring, a walk to one of the park’s many waterfalls or along streamside trails is a treat for the eyes and the ears. A drive up Trail Ridge Road rewards you with an experience of deep snows bordering the higher parts of this loftiest of all national park roads (12,183’ at highest).

Rocky Mountain preserves an immense watershed which not only nourishes the life within national park boundaries, but also provides great sources of mountain water for large numbers of downstream residents. The headwaters of major rivers, including the Colorado, Big Thompson, and Cache la Poudre, originate in this park. The park’s high mountains store winter snows which flow downstream during warmer months.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the thrill of raging streams and thundering waterfalls! Please also remember to keep your distance from stream banks and creekside rocks, as fast-moving waters are deceptively dangerous. Be extra careful with children because they are drawn to water.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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