Thing to Do

Hike Ouzel Falls

water cascading over a rocky cliff
Ouzel Falls

NPS Photo / Karen Daugherty

  • Distance: 5.4 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 950 feet
  • Type of Trail: Out & Back, Moderate

Listen to the gentle flow of the North Saint Vrain Creek along the trail to Ouzel Falls. At around 5.4 miles roundtrip and 950 feet of elevation gain, this hike is moderate for most hikers. Hiking from the Wild Basin Trailhead you will also be treated with views of Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades. Be sure to watch your step! The water is faster and stronger than it appears, and rocks are slippery.

Storm Warning: Weather in Colorado can turn in an instant! Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Check the forecast before heading out. Lightning can strike anywhere in Rocky. Watch for building storm clouds and return to the trailhead immediately if you hear thunder. As a rule of thumb, try to be back at the trailhead by noon.

Pets are prohibited on all trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Wild Basin
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.
The gate to Wild Basin is closed seasonally usually between October – May, adding 1.5 miles each way to and from the trailhead
Accessibility Information
This is not an accessible trail. The trail is rocky and uneven in some areas and has a total elevation gain of 950 feet.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Last updated: July 7, 2022