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The NEW Bridal Veil Trail is OPEN

For over 25 years, the Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) dreamed of a new trail to eliminate the necessity for hikers to access Bridal Veil Falls via the Bridal Veil Road. After much coordination and work by TMtC, Idarado Mining Company, San Miguel County and the Town of Telluride, the new trail has finally become a reality.


Bridal Veil Trail meanders from the Idarado Mine parking area (at the settling ponds) to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. The trail length is 1.2 miles each direction. There is an additional spur from the Bridal Veil Trail to the Bridal Veil Road about 3/4 the way up the trail. At this intersection, there is also a spur that visits a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole.

To access the trail from the Idarado Parking lot, walk up the road about 10-25 yards. On your right you will see a big rock. The trail starts to the left side of this big rock. The trail stays to the hiker’s right of the road, see map below for more detail.


Bridal Veil Trail

This trail is perfect for Bridal Veil Falls viewing, a route to the via ferrata or linked with other local trails for a longer adventure. It passes several world-class waterfalls, climbs through rough terrain and embodies a remote escape. This trail is for hikers only. We hope you enjoy Telluride’s newest trail!

TMtC was instrumental in negotiating a recreational trail easement agreement with Idarado Mining Company to allow for the new trail on the east-end of the Telluride valley. TMtC then worked with San Miguel County to hold the trail easement. The Town of Telluride joined the effort and agreed to fund the initial round of trail building, which was completed by the Southwest Conservation Corps in the Fall of 2019.

We are now working on bridge engineering and construction for the creek crossing. Bridge funds were secured through a public fundraiser, MMOF funds and via the San Miguel County Open Space Commission. Our hope is to construct the bridge in the fall of 2020. You can learn more about the project here and you can donate to Telluride trail projects here. We hope you enjoy Telluride’s newest trail!


  • Julie says:

    I was so psyched that there is a trail to Bridal Veils Fall. Was wondering when that happened as it’s been a while since I’d been up there. Thanks!!!

  • The trail is FANTASTIC!! Thank you so much! It’s challenging and wonderful

  • Joseph Cohen says:

    What is the distance from the parking lot trail head to the falls?

  • Frank Daugherty says:

    We were just there a month ago. Had no idea we were on a NEW trail. For the record, it’s one of the funnest (yes, that’s a technical description) trails we have been on lately! Many thanks to everyone involved with the concept and construction.

  • Rachael Andrews Kane says:

    This trail is spectacular and so fun! There is la lot of shade on the way up. There are two smaller, but incredibly beautiful waterfalls on the way up to the base of Bridal Veil Falls that cool you off on a summer day, and they have deep pools of water at those falls that our dogs got to swim in. Take rain jackets because when all three falls are full, the mist from the falls can get you wet. We always take the trail up to the base of the falls, then we walk down the road to get back down to the parking lot. Not only is this a much easier way down, it also affords open, beautiful views that are spectacular, especially in the late afternoon.

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