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Bear Creek Falls

Telluride, CO
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Ranked #3 of 26 attractions in Telluride
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Scenic waterfalls that tumble down into Telluride's box canyon in the San Juan Mountains.
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Springfield, Missouri
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Uphill hike to stunning waterfall. Passed countless families and couples going up and back down. Did it twice in the same trip I liked it so much.

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Denver, CO
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The falls are great and worth the hike. Took us 65 minutes up and 55 down. Trail head is basically in town, which is really nice and a good first Telluride hike to acclimatize. Negative of being in town hike was the number of off lease dogs running loose and we witnessed a pack of three dogs attack one that... More

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Dearborn, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This popular hike leaves from the town and is not too strenuous. Along the way, there are wildflowers, vistas, and a rushing river (in June, at least). The falls were very picturesque, but the best part of the hike was the trail itself.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

i liked everything especially the view at the very end it was completely worth it! make sure you dont turn around go the whole way might be a little more difficult for people with health issues but definitely a must do

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went in the morning with kids ages 10,6, and 4, and our dogs. All had a great time on the nice wide trail with lots of shade. Dogs loved the water every so often. It's a bit steep the last 15 minutes or so but my 4 yr old could do it just fine. The falls at the top... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Great Jeep ride to top of falls. Be careful of the switch-backs on the gravel road. Great view of Telluride at the top of the falls.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This hike is listed as beginner to intermediate, which is probably true for people who hike and live in high altitudes. I would say it is more on the intermediate side of things, and I am someone who works our 5x a week with active kids. Still it was amazing and so worth the climb! The reward of being able... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Great hike - not terribly difficult, a little steep coming down. Probably a moderate hike. Beautiful views.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It's a nice path (former logging road) - pretty easy hike, but the altitude caused us to pause quite a few times. Worth it though, don't stop at the lower falls, keep going to the upper (lower falls are about 1/2 to 2/3 of the total way to the top. Be sure to bring water.

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San Mateo, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Suggest wearing hiking boots but not totally necessary. Good hike with some points that are challenging. It's the elevation that gets you more than anything. Hiking to the falls is well worth it and great exercise to boot.

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