The view of one of Rocky Mountain National Park's waterfalls

Iconic Rocky Mountain National Park is a destination that offers countless hiking opportunities. This world-famous park has a variety of hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult, providing plenty of options for hikers of all skill levels. One of the most rewarding types of hikes you can enjoy in Rocky Mountain National Park is a waterfall hike. Rocky Mountain National Park is home to many waterfalls, each unique and beautiful.

The team at Black Canyon Inn is here to help you take in as many of Rocky Mountain National Park’s waterfalls as possible. Our vacation rentals are located in Estes Park, just outside the park. Due to our proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, we know all about the best waterfalls, so we’ve put together a guide on the best waterfall hikes you can enjoy during your stay.

Stunning Waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park

These hikes offer breathtaking views of Rocky Mountain National Park’s cascading waterfalls. We’ve included hikes of all difficulties to ensure there is something for every type of hiker. Here are some of the best waterfall hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Alberta Falls

If you’re looking for an easy waterfall to hike to, Alberta Falls is a perfect choice. The trail is only 1.2 miles round trip and is located near the popular Glacier Gorge Trailhead. The hike is relatively easy, with a gentle incline and a well-maintained trail. Halfway through the trail, hikers are rewarded with views of Alberta Falls, a 30-foot waterfall that is well worth the hike.

Calypso Cascades

For something a little more challenging, try Calypso Cascades. Calypso Cascades is a moderate hike that is approximately 3.5 miles round trip. This hike offers hikers the opportunity to take in views of Lower Copeland Falls, Upper Copeland Falls, an unnamed waterfall, and the 200-foot tall Calypso Cascades. If you want to see a lot of waterfalls on a relatively short hike, Calypso Cascades has a lot to offer. 

Timberline Falls

If you’re looking for a challenging waterfall hike that will take up a large chunk of your day, Timberline Falls could be the perfect hike for you. This is a long hike of over eight miles, so come prepared with food and water. The hike is challenging, with steep inclines, rocky terrain, and some stream crossings. However, you shouldn’t let that stop you; Timberline Falls is one of Rocky Mountain National Park’s most impressive waterfalls, measuring in at 100 feet. Watching this raging waterfall will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your trip.

Note: The hike to Timberline Falls will also take you past Alberta Falls.

Vacation Rentals Near Rocky Mountain National Park

You can stay near Rocky Mountain National Park and all of its awe-inspiring waterfalls when you book accommodations from Black Canyon Inn. Our condo rentals in Estes Park offer all of the comforts of home and more, making them the perfect place to rest after a tiring outing at Rocky Mountain National Park. To book one of our well-appointed vacation rentals, please browse availability online or call 970-586-8113 to speak to one of our team members.