Rocky Mountain Waterfalls, Lakes and Rivers

Colorado is home to over 2,000 natural lakes, reservoirs, and enough rivers to keep any water loving individual happy. With so many lakes, it’s impossible for us to list even the best 100. So instead, grab a map and search one out yourself. To help get things started, a few of our favorites include, Chasm Lake and Emerald Lake inside Rocky Mountain National Park.

Alberta Falls. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Alberta Falls, Mills Lake, and Jewel Lake

Hike 3 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead to stroll past this waterfall and two lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Alberta Falls is only 0.8 miles in. Read More...

Paul Bunyan's Boot on Gem Lake Trail. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Gem Lake, Balanced Rock, & Paul Bunyan’s Boot

A moderate hike along Rocky Mountain National Park’s Lumpy Ridge. You see unusual rock formations and a small lake with a beach. Read More...

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Grand Lake, CO – West Entrance Town

Grand Lake, Colorado is located just one mile from the West Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is home to Grand Lake, the largest and deepest natural alpine lake in the state of Colorado. Read More...

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Lakes Beyond Rocky Mountain National Park

Boating, fishing, hiking, canyoneering, scuba diving, and soaking up the skyline are all activities these lakes offer up. Read More...

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Lakes Inside Rocky Mountain National Park

The park is literally chocked-full of lakes due to the large glaciers that carved out deep canyons and cirques, while leaving teardrops of water behind. Read More...

Ouzel Falls. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Ouzel Falls – 3 Waterfalls in 3 Miles

This easy 2.7 mile hike passes by three named waterfalls and numerous smaller cascades and trickles along North St. Vrain Creek. Enter RMNP at the Wild Basin Entrance south of Estes Park. Read More...

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Rivers Beyond Colorado

Some of the West’s most important rivers flow out of Colorado and near into the barren desert of Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming. Read More...

Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain Park

Rivers Inside Rocky Mountain National Park

Rafters, photographers, anglers, backpackers, and many more enjoy Colorado’s vast river system, which is comprised of over 2,000 lakes and streams. Read More...

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Waterfalls Beyond Rocky Mountain National Park

The state of Colorado has over 200 documented waterfalls, 2000 streams and lakes, 20 separate mountain ranges, and the headwaters of some of the West’s most important rivers. Read More...

Alberta Falls. Photo by Flickr Ed Coyle.

Waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Deep cirques, long valleys, and talus peaks are typical examples, but waterfalls, usually the byproduct of glacier episodes, can be found as well. Read More...