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Box Canyon Falls, CO

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CO > West
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,759 feet
Elevation Gain 160 feet
Accumulated Gain 200 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.65
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
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Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Sep, May, Jun, Oct
Sun  5:55am - 6:14pm
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Overview: This short Box Canyon Falls along with the Lower Cascade Falls "in town" hikes are a MUST DO if visiting Ouray, Colorado.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Box Canyon Falls
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    Took a Break from Technical Canyons in Ouray due to a bum Hand. Spent the Day just Dinking around Ouray basically, with the Exception of a short Trip to Ridgway. Explored some Side Roads and County Roads a bit and then went to check out the Falls...It was threatening to Rain and by the Time I hit the Parking Lot, it made good on it's Threat...I decided to check it out anyway.

    This is a City Park and there's a 4.00 Charge for Admission. So I Paid, got some really helpful Information on a Specific Bird from the Ranger and off I went...There are 3 Trails you can take...1) Takes you to the Base of the Falls and slightly above it via a Catwalk... 2) Takes you up to a High Bridge overlooking Canyon Creek. According to the Ranger, you can not see the Falls from that Location. 3)A Short Nature Trail that Loops around.

    I did 1 and 3....I'll save 2 for another Time when there was less Rain...The Falls were could really only catch a Glimpse of the Falls as they are behind a partial Wall, but you can hear them and you get all the Mist. I'm not sure that you could see the Entire Fall even if it was allowed...You would have to Scramble through the Water above a Small Fall and then maybe, if physically Possible, Peek around the Wall...But I'm betting that with the Water coming down in that Semi-Confined Space, you wouldn't even be able to do that... :sweat: Since it was Raining, it was pretty Dark in the Box itself, but I did what I could to get Photos...

    Interesting Stop and glad I did it on a Weekend Day, Rain and all...I actually had stopped by there on Saturday and the Place was absolutely Packed...a Thursday was much better and the Rain definitely shut it down even more... :sweat: Will do this one again someday and spend more Time... :)
    Box Canyon Falls
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    After the Upper Cascade Trail we went over to the Ice Climbing area and walked over to the Box Canyon Falls. The Ice Climbing canyon looks like so much fun! The Box Canyon area had a lot of ice but wasn’t an issue. We walked to the end of grates and then dropped down to the bottom of the falls. This was a real treat because I didn’t think this “hike” was doable in February. The entire area is experiencing a heat wave. This is definitely worth checking out if you have an hour to kill.
    Box Canyon Falls
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    After an amazing backpacking trip outside of Silverton, we rolled into Ouray and hit this Box Canyon hike and boy was it worth every penny of the $3 entry fee! :y: The easy walk along the guardrails & catwalk to the falls is quite amazing and then you can descend some stairs down to the falls & creek. On the way back out, we took the high bridge trail to (you guessed it) that high bridge way up above the falls for an even more amazing view of beautiful Ouray and the sweet box canyon down below us. We took the trail thru a tunnel and it continued on as part of the intriguing 4-mile perimeter trail before dropping back down the the cars. Afterwards we rolled to the other side of town for that Lower Cascade Falls and enjoyed those beautiful falls before ended the day by soaking in the Ouray Hot Springs pool. :D
    Box Canyon Falls
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    Switzerland of USA- Ouray, Colorado..

    Where can one enjoy more area above 10,000ft elevation than anywhere else in the Continental USA and so many 13,000+ ft peaks that many of them are not even named yet? Where can one enjoy the wonderful tree aromas of the December Holiday Season in July? Where in July can one witness a wildflower season of flowers chest high?..This is the San Juan Mountain Range in SW Colorado. I had the pleasure to recently spend 8 wonderful days(7/14-7/21) hiking in this SJ Mtn Range around the Ouray and Telluride,CO areas. With a hiking group, I did a total of 10 hikes in this 8 day period.

    Saturday-7/14 was my 1st of 4 full days in Ouray,CO, located in a long, narrow lush mountain valley at 7800' surrounded by high mountain peaks. Box Canyon Falls was 1 of 3 local hikes in and just south of Ouray this 1st day to better accumulate for the higher altitude hikes still yet to come :)

    If you are in Ouray and have not seen Box Canyon Falls, consider it a must! At this most spectacular geological formation, a 285' waterfall (with walls overhanging the falls by 100') plummets into a narrow quartzite canyon to Canyon Creek which runs through Ouray. The Ouray Ice Park, located within Box Canyon provides unique winter climbing opportunities.. , and a chance to view world-class ice climbing competition.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

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    From Hwy 550(Main Street) in Ouray,CO: Turn west on 3rd Avenue and continue to end of street and beginning of Box Canyon Rd where you will see signs for TH parking and trail start;
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