Thing to Do

Hike Copeland Falls

a waterfall flows over a rocky cliff
Copeland Falls

NPS Photo / Ann Schonlau

  • Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 15 feet
  • Trail Type: Out and Back, Easy

Copeland falls is the most easily accessible waterfall in the Wild Basin area. From the Wild Basin trailhead, visitors will stroll along the St. Vrain river as it winds through the spectacular Wild Basin towards Upper and Lower Copeland Falls. Fishing is a popular activity of the area for those who have the appropriate fishing licenses and are aware of area regulations. Check with a ranger before fishing here. Continuing up this trail will take visitors to two more iconic waterfalls, Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls. Watch your step! Beware of fast moving water and slippery rocks; keep small children close by.

Help keep wildlife wild. Never approach or feed wildlife. Animals that learn people are a source of food can become aggressive or stop hunting or foraging on their own. Keep your distance - it's the law! You could be hurt or issued a fine.


Pets are prohibited on all trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

From May 27 to October 10, 2022, Timed Entry Permit Reservations are requied to enter most areas of Rocky Mountain National Park between 9 am to 3 pm. To access the Bear Lake Road corridor, Timed Entry Permits are in effect from 5 am to 6 pm daily.

Timed Entry Permit Reservations are only available to be booked through One Timed Entry Permit Reservation is $2.00 and non-refundable. 

There are two Timed Entry Permit options available (you only need one): Park Access + Bear Lake Road or Park Access, Does Not Include Bear Lake Road.

A Timed Entry Permit will cover one vehicle and all passengers in the vehicle.

To learn more, visit the park's Timed Entry Permit Reservation webpage at

Accessibility Information
This is not a paved trail. The trail is rugged with an elevation gain of 15 feet.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Last updated: July 8, 2022