Box Canyon waterfall

Activity Date: 
07/01/2009

Box Canyon is a local park run by the city of Ouray, just past the south end of town. The waterfall itself is about 285' high and falls straight down into a narrow slot canyon. Pretty awesome. It doesn't take long to visit, although you can continue on a trail from the top of the falls to do a long loop hike all the way around the town of Ouray.

You pay a small fee ($3 when we visited) to access the trail to the falls. The trail starts around the base of the canyon wall.

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Then, you go around a corner and find the totally cool catwalk they've built into the side of the canyon.

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At the end of the catwalk you can look into the narrow slot to see a column of water pounding down 300 feet. Unfortunately, there is no good place to get a full picture from the catwalk. At the end of the walkway, there was so much mist hitting us I didn't want to risk the camera. So, use your imagination. :)

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Also near the end, there are stairs that go down to the river level. They were also getting sprayed by the water, so, although we went down, we couldn't take any pictures there either. Good thing we had our raincoats with us.

Here is a view back out of the canyon from most of the way down the catwalk.

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The river flowing out goes through the gorge. This view is from the path before you enter the catwalk area.

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After looking at the waterfall via the catwalk, you can take a different trail that climbs up over the top of the waterfall box canyon. Here is part of the trail to go up there. Yup, it's a bit steep.

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At the top, there is a cool bridge suspended over the gorge. Unfortunately, you can't see the waterfall from here.

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You can get great views down into the gorge, though.

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If you look at the end of the bridge, you can see what looks like a tunnel going into the wall. Ends up that there is a tunnel blasted through so you can continue hiking on the other side.

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This is neat! We're going through...

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The trail continues on this side of the tunnel. This is part of the loop that goes all the way around Ouray.

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There is a great view of Ouray from up here.

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Well, it's getting late in the day, so we didn't have time to hike this part of the trail. Time to turn around and head back through the tunnel.

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And back across the bridge.

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