Convention & Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
Boulder's beloved waterfall is finally open again! After the flood of 2013, the area was closed for repairs and renovation. It reopened in June 2018 with newly firmed-up trails, stabilized slopes and a retaining wall.
A short, 200-yard hike will lead you to this gem-like waterfall that rushes down the rock wall at a height of about 70 feet. Take in the scent of the surrounding pine trees, feel the cool mist rising off the falls and keep an eye out for wildlife.
Get a closer look at Boulder Falls in this video, which takes you along on a picnic adventure.
Boulder Falls is located just 11 miles west of Boulder, up Boulder Canyon. It's an easy and scenic 20-minute drive. Just take Canyon Blvd. from downtown Boulder (Canyon Blvd. will become Hwy. 119) toward signs for Nederland. There's a pull-out for parking on the left, and the trailhead is just across the road.
Notice: Road work on Hwy. 119 (Boulder Canyon) is ongoing through August 2019. Please check CDOT's website, which is a great, accurate source for daily updates about delays and closures. We recommend avoiding Hwy. 119 (Boulder Canyon) Mondays through Thursdays. Feel free to call us with questions: 303-442-2911.
The falls are part of five acres of mining claims that were entrusted to the City of Boulder in 1941 by Charles G. Buckingham, a banker who hoped the city would protect the falls. The falls became a popular destination for those traveling through the area by train until the railroad was washed out in the great flood of 1894 and was rebuilt on a different route. The falls regained their popularity when Highway 119 was built, until 2013 when a massive flood made the area unsafe. Luckily, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks invested $1.2 million in restoration and improvements, and the refreshing falls can once again be enjoyed by visitors.