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Bear Creek Falls


Hike to a stunning 80-foot cascade direction from downtown Telluride.

Hiking Difficult

7.1 km
323 m
323 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3 km
Bear Creek Falls Map

Bear Creek Falls is one of Telluride’s iconic hikes. This 4.4-mile out-and-back route ends at a spectacular 80-foot waterfall that flows year-round.


To reach this hike, you can access the trail directly from downtown Telluride, with parking options available at the town park, or additional free parking lots further away.

The trail winds up a narrow mountain valley, with beautiful views of aspen trees and the peaks high above. As you approach the falls, the trail becomes steeper, narrower, and more challenging. You will pass a junction with the Wasatch trail, which leads to higher elevations and connects with various trails in the area.

You may continue on the Wasatch trail if you want a longer and more challenging hike, or turn left and follow the sign to Bear Creek Falls, as shown here. You will shortly reach a large boulder that marks the end of the trail and the beginning of the falls.

Bear Creek Falls is a stunning sight to behold. You are able to see the water plunging down from a high cliff into a pool below, creating a misty spray and a rainbow on sunny days. You might climb up the boulder to get a closer view of the falls, or find a spot on the rocks or grass to relax and enjoy the scenery.

After admiring the falls, retrace your steps to get back to your car.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and October


  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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