Bike Hike to Bridal Veil Falls: Photo Essay with Altitude

This bike hike to Bridal Falls includes a photo essay with altitude. It captures Colorado’s fall color and majestic beauty.

trail to bridal veil falls Telluride, CO

Danny and I fell in love at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival twenty-seven years ago. We hadn’t been back. It takes seven hours to drive to this very special Colorado locale. It was worth every hour.

Trail 2

We biked from town into the box canyon. We planned to bike and then hike to the top of Bridal Veil Falls. I stopped every few hundred yards to take photographs.

Telluride trail to waterfall

We rode to the parking lot at the bottom of the mountain.

Danny biking

Biking on the road would get steep.

Telluride stream

Run off from the mine turned the water a luminescent green. Do you see the vegetation on the right side of the valley? It was re-established with plantings after mining.

Telluride trail 3

We searched for a path to take us to the bottom of the falls. We could 4-wheel it, but we would have missed the adventure!

Bridal Veil

Can you see the waterfall in the distance? We hiked above it.

in search of tags

We found a trail and bushwhacked while searching for orange or blue trail markers.

box canyon

We continued to hike up the canyon.

bush whacking

The mountains rose up on all sides.

canyon 2

A dramatic look through the canyon back toward town.

Bridal Veil 2

Our goal. Danny suggested shimmying on the cable, Bear Grylls-style. Next time!


We were getting closer and yet we still had a trek ahead of us.

to the falls

Our trail ran into the road. We started counting switchbacks. We would hike a few more hairpin turns before arriving at the top of the falls.

VW van

The obligatory Colorado VW van photo.

almost there

Above the falls!


We stuck to the road on the way back down. It was ever so much faster.

Danny and I anniversary Telluride

We’ve been on an amazing journey and it all started here in Telluride.

biking Telluride

We found our bikes at the bottom of the valley.

danny and me

Our twenty-seventh wedding anniversary is October 10th! I hope it doesn’t take another twenty-seven years to come back. Telluride is an amazing place.

Come for the Ride. Stay for adventure, I always say.

Are you a hiker or a biker?

All photographs were taken with a Sony Nex-3N DSLR 

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    1. It was a 4 hour hike up more than 1500 feet. I hadn’t remembered how gorgeous it was! I’d only been twice. Once in winter and when Danny asked me to join his Wammer Jammer group for the festival. My eyes must have been on him the whole weekend!!!!
      Thanks for stopping by SB!

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    1. It really was an adventure. I’m glad we ditched our bikes and walked. Every time a truck drove past on the way down, we choked on dust! I loved the sound of leaves crackling and popping under my bike tires.
      To be honest, I had laryngitis and couldn’t smell a thing!


  1. GORGEOUS. We hiked with our two teens this summer up to Hanging Lake outside Glenwood Springs, CO. Colorado is so awesome!


  2. Happy Anniversary! It’s wonderful that you have a shared interest like that. A bit like when we used to hike in Lake District.


      1. It’s not as beautiful with fall colours as Colorado but it’s nice in its own way. It’s just south of Scotland on the west.


    1. When the sun came out, it lit up the aspens and they glowed! It was like a beautiful dream. It’s probably at its peak right now.
      Doesn’t Maryland have a lot of disiduous trees? I love fiery maples and rusty oaks. We only have them if they are watered by a sprinkler system. 🙂


      1. Western Maryland is where our mountains are and yes, it’s beautiful. I live between D.C. and Baltimore in a suburb so I don’t get to see anything near as pretty as you.
        The hubby and I are hoping to maybe travel to Maine next fall. I hear that’s where its at!

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  3. Gorgeous, Susie. It’s been way too long since we’ve visited Telluride. And it is soooo beautiful in the fall. Great shots and glad you had such a great time. Also a good place to meet your soulmate!


    1. Great to “see” you Cathy!
      We couldn’t believe we hadn’t been either. It hasn’t changed much. I expected all the celebrities who had moved there over the years had made an impact. It is a magical place! I had forgotten how gorgeous it is!


    1. Thanks Linda! Biking is very good for knees, but it depends on the case I’m sure.
      You would have loved it! Spectacular views and amazing vistas everywhere we looked. 🙂


        1. Thanks for sharing them, Phil! I hope it motivates everyone to take a break and go outside! I biked to the store today instead of my usual ride in the car. Ever so much Better!


  4. Happy Anniversary 🙂 Beautiful Captures – love the changing of the colors. I love to bike and hopefully get back to mountain hiking (jars my back too much right now – need to get stronger). Happy Day!


    1. Hey Renee! Happy Tuesday! 🙂
      Thanks so much. Danny is so patient. It took forever to get anywhere since I took so many pictures. I hope you are able to hike again soon too!


    1. You would love it Jess. It is so different from Wisconsin. What we don’t have in a variety of colorful desiduous trees, we make up for in the blues and purples of the mountains. Thanks so much for stopping by to virtually hike with me. 🙂


  5. Gorgeous! 🙂 … Love the fall colours.

    I’m fairly certain there’s a waterfall called ‘Bridal Veil Falls’ in every mountain range in every country on the planet. We discovered at least three on our recent trip around the bottom half of our Province. Whatever happened to ‘Older Woman’s Long White Hair’ falls? Or ‘White Smoke Falls’? Or ‘Emegherd! Falls’?


  6. Oh my gosh – so worth the energy. Happy anniversary.

    I have a picture of that falls. That whole area is simply breath-taking, especially in autumn.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


    1. Thanks Patricia!
      It really was worth it. There is something about that place that is so different from everywhere else in Colorado. I was surprised it hadn’t changed!


  7. Cool! Happy Anniversary!
    Your pictures are amazing, so vivid. I hope to buy a real camera soon, too. Georgia has a bridal veil falls. You remain inspiring, go girl.


    1. Hey Caroline!
      Judging by the comments, there are a lot of them!
      Thanks so much! I can’t believe it’s been 27 years. I love my Sony Nex. It is super small, but powerful.


  8. Wow, what gorgeous scenery, Susie, and kudos to the photographer. If I ever visit Telluride, I’d spend most of my time indoors — attending their legendary film festival.

    I was wondering the same thing as Jackie. Do you know the story behind that house by the falls? If not, could you make one up for us?

    Happy anniversary!


    1. It’s owned by the mine. I don’t believe it is still working since they restored most of the scars on the canyon, but who knows? It was all chained off with Private Property signs. I would get the heebie jeebies thinking it would fall off the falls!
      Okay so I got the skinny on that building. It is owned by the mine, but it’s a hydropower plant. It generated electricity for the miners and now supplies power to 25% of Telluride’s residents. Cool!
      Thank you!

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