Three Great Waterfall Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Three Great Waterfall Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Twenty minutes from Misty Mountain Lodge lies the Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the most renowned natural landscapes in America. Its unique geography is home to a host of activities for everyone, like canoeing, glacier tours, and sightseeing. But one thing you will not want to miss during your visit is the variety of waterfall hikes that the park has to offer.

Here are some of the best waterfall hikes in Rocky Mountain National park:

Alberta Falls

This hike is one of the easier ones, with only about 0.8 miles between the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and the 30-foot waterfall itself. It is the perfect spot for an afternoon read, or picnic, as the sounds of the rushing water crashing upon rocks below provide a calming backdrop. There are also large rocks scattered along the trail, inviting hikers to sit down and take in the beauty around them.

Ribbon Falls

Difficulty-wise, this 4.6-mile hike falls somewhere in between moderate and difficult. But don’t let that prevent you from seeing it. At the edge of an open meadow, Ribbon Falls feeds into Black Lake, an incredible glacial lake that is joined by Mills Lake and Jewel Lake, which are more popular destinations. Along the way, visitors will be able to see smaller waterfalls, too, adding to the serenity of this voyage.

Granite Falls

Alright, this is the big one. Granite Falls is known for being a strenuous hike, but really, it’s just long—a 5-mile hike from the Green Mountain Trailhead to the 50-foot waterfall, which will take visitors a few hours to complete. Make this your morning trip, and plan for stunning tiles of granite, sublime nature, and solitude. Be careful and have fun!

Now that you have your hike cut out for you, there’s no better place to enjoy the national park than from the Misty Mountain Lodge nearby. We offer quaint lodging right in the heart of the Rockies, with a staff that knows the area better than anyone. Book with us today!

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