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“gorgeous waterfalls, easy hike!”
Review of Wild Basin Area

Wild Basin Area
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Owner description: Scenic walking area through lush forest.
Johnstown, Colorado, United States
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“gorgeous waterfalls, easy hike!”
Reviewed 8 July 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.

Visited June 2013
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Fairfield, Iowa
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful hike”
Reviewed 2 July 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.

Visited June 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Secluded view of Rocky Mountain National Park”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

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

Visited April 2012
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Awesome waterfall at wild Basin”
Reviewed 14 October 2012

From Estes park we took rte 7 down to the Wild Basin RMNP Entrance, which was not a long and very scenic drive. We stopped at a historic monument church on the side of the road and snapped some great pics. Some caution after you enter the park at Wild Basin there is a gravel narrow very windy road which has some rock outcroppings so it is difficult to maneuver in some areas. We drove a rented Ford Explorer which made for a tight squeeze if another car had to pass. They call the areas to pass "wide spots" in the road which aren't very wide! Once you get to Wild Basin there is a park ranger there to answer any Q's. Copeland Falls was 0.3 mi one way very easy trek from the parking area. This made the windy narrow road drive all worthwhile. There are also some Lake trailheads down this way, but they are miles to get there like Ouzel Lake - 5 mi., Calypso Cascades 1.8mi one way. We also passed Lily Lake Trailhead, which is a 0.3mi level gravel perimeter also handicap accessible. The rangers also teach bird classes here. Although we didn't plan on going here, we were glad the ranger at the visitor center suggested this!

Visited June 2012
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Felton, California
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51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Gentle flat area with great views”
Reviewed 23 September 2012

This is a surprisingly large area, while busy on a late September leafer-crazed Saturday afternoon, it emptied out fairly early in the afternoon well before sundown. It seemed all the eager hikers coming down the hill were in a hurry to get into Lyons for the evenings entertainment. Seems like a great area during the week when less crowded and when the aspens aren't too yellow.

Visited September 2012
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