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Bear Creek Falls

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Address: Hwy 550, Telluride, CO 81427
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Scenic waterfalls that tumble down into Telluride's box canyon in the San...

Scenic waterfalls that tumble down into Telluride's box canyon in the San Juan Mountains.

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You say you like waterfalls....

Usually great hikes require long drives on mountain roads just to get to the trailhead. This one is a couple blocks from the Gondola station, and a couple from great breakfast... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Usually great hikes require long drives on mountain roads just to get to the trailhead. This one is a couple blocks from the Gondola station, and a couple from great breakfast places. You just walk past the end of Aspen Street. Beautiful half day hike. This is one that starts off as a moderate climb through the aspen/spruce forest. No... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are in fair shape it is a must try hike to the waterfall at the top. It took us about 2.5 hours round trip and was a good challenge. You need to wear hiking boots or good tennis shoes and be prepared for possible weather changes. Take water for sure and there is no cell service once you... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a pretty hike along Bear Creek that is 2.5 miles long (one way) if you go all the way to the base of the falls. The elevation gain for that distance is 1,200 feet. You don't need to go all the way but can stop at the big Boulder (can't miss it), which is 2.1 miles. From that... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide book said it was an easy hike. Well not for us sea level dwelling Northeasterners. It was a three hour up and back for us and difficult at times but very worth the climb

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time hiking this trail with our family (three kids, two under 7, one teenager). Only hikers and some mountain bikers, no vehicle traffic. The falls are big and very refreshing at the end of the hike!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful! So worth the hike. I would call this a moderate hike not easy. Elevation gain of just over 1000 ft . You can get right next to the waterfall and feel the much wanted mist on your face after this hike uphill. This is a must do!

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is truly recommended if you enjoy a medium hike. The trail is 2 miles up and 2 miles down and beautiful waterfalls at the end of the trip. Great scenery all alone the way.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Afte a big morning breakfast this was a perfect 2.5 mile (each way) hike. The trail was wide and The scenery was magnificent. There were a few places to cool your feet in the stream and the waterfall at the end was absolutely beautiful.

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Mancos, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bear Creek Falls is right out of Telluride. You can start from town. The hike is around 3 1/2 miles and a fairly steep uphill grade. But the scenery is beautiful, with more than 1 waterfall, the stream and mountains and forest are wonderful. The main falls at the end are really worth the hike and a great place to... More 

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O'Fallon, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful hike to see awesome waterfalls. Not as crowded in the morning. Coming from a lower elevation, we had to stop quite a bit but so glad we made it to the top. The mist from the falls feels quite refreshing on a warmer day. Use bug spray - mosquitos were attacking us!

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