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“The North St. Vrain provides delightful fly fishing.”
Review of Wild Basin Area

Wild Basin Area
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Owner description: Scenic walking area through lush forest.
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Many smallish but often full adult development (males with types, etc) browns and 'bows eager to take dry flies and even streamers.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The family and I hiked up to Ouzel Falls today from the Wild Basin Trailhead. It was an excellent hike with lots of views (and sounds) of rushing water and waterfalls. The drive from Estes Park is not long - maybe 20 minutes - and of course the scenery is gorgeous. Once at Wild Basin, you should drive all the way into the park until the road ends. If you stop at an earlier parking lot, you will end up hiking much farther than necessary. It's a very narrow gravel/dirt road, but you're going so slowly that the rock chip/dust factor is negligible. The hike is not for those looking for a lazy stroll through the forest. There is a 950' elevation change up to the falls, and the trail is rocky in places. Along the way you will encounter Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades Falls, which are also stunning. My family agreed Calypso was "cooler" than Ouzel, but you will not be disappointed at all once you reach Ouzel. Be sure to head out early and pack a lunch. There are some very large, flat rocks and downed trees you can sit on to eat lunch and enjoy the view and sounds.

My kids are 11 and eight and both were able to hike the trail without any problems. There are many off-shoot mini trails that take you close to the river, which were a big hit with our kids. It was a fun hike, taking us approx. 3-4 hours. Definitely worth the drive!

2  Thank alhusted
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We love waterfalls but are not excellent hikers, plus we have a 3 year old and a 7 month old so we like easy hikes! We went to Wild Basin and took the easiest hike which I think was maybe a quarter of a mile, super easy! We were on the Peak to Peak Highway from Estes to Canyon City, recommend that drive as well! I believe you have to pay the park fee as well which is $20 but that gets you into all of Rocky Mountain National park for a few days. We have an annual pass since we live only about 45 minutes from the park.

1  Thank Crystal G
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We drove from Boulder to the park, taking CO-7 which was a nice scenic drive, but had some minor construction. If you get car sick easily I though US-36 was a little less curvy. At the park entrance there were no park rangers so we just parked at the first lot we saw. Big mistake! You can drive much further than the first parking lot. We wanted to hike the to Ouzel Falls but didn't make it anywhere close. We settled for Copeland Falls which was still very pretty. We saw several other hikers and one deer. We were there about 3 hours, we would have stayed longer if we were acclimated to the altitude. I would definitely return, just drive as far as you can before parking.

2  Thank Ashley A
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is the southern edge of the park, near Allenspark, Colorado. Few to zero other tourist, especially in the spring.

Thank jjj13100
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