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Adams Falls Trail

Located on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park and the town of Grand Lake, this short loop trail leads to a picturesque waterfall.

Discover the natural beauty of north central Colorado along Adams Falls Trail. Follow the brief trail through lush forests to the tumbling Adams Falls.

The trail is fairly easy and popular because of its accessibility. Follow the 0.6-mile (1-kilometer) loop trail through a mixed forest of aspens and pines. Midway through the loop, reach the overlook at Adams Falls. The waterfall drops more than 50 feet (15 meters) down a narrow rocky gorge.

After you’ve seen the falls, you have a few options. Adams Falls leads to a stream. Follow it a bit farther or continue along one of the many other interconnecting trails. Otherwise, simply loop back and return the way you came.

East Inlet Trail shares its trailhead with Adams Falls Trail. For a more robust hike, follow East Inlet Trail for 8 miles (13 kilometers) to Spirit Lake. Relax on the shores of the crystal clear lake, surrounded by enormous peaks. If you’re equipped for a longer trek, continue on to Fourth Lake and over Boulder Grand Pass and beyond.

As you hike, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful nature that surrounds you. Fields and forests spring into bloom during warmer months. Be watchful and you may even spot a moose.

Adams Falls Trailhead has plenty of parking. The nearby town of Grand Lake is less than a 10-minute drive away. Grand Lake, which began as a mining supply town, is now a tourist destination. Enjoy its friendly small-town atmosphere and basic amenities.

Use Adams Falls Trail as a jumping-off point to explore Rocky Mountain National Park, which extends east from Grand Lake. The sprawling national park, which spans the Great Continental Divide, encompasses snow-capped mountains, pristine forests and alpine tundra.

For the best hiking conditions, visit Adams Falls Trail between June and November. In off-season months, snowfall can make the trails treacherous. Horseback riding is also allowed on the trail.


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The Gateway Inn C$203
The Gateway Inn

The Gateway Inn

120 Lake Avenue, Grand Lake, CO
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the mountains, this lodge is within 2 mi (3 km) of Grand Lake Marina, Grand Lake Golf Course, and Grand Lake Nordic Center.

    Grand Lake Lodge C$215
    Grand Lake Lodge

    Grand Lake Lodge

    15500 US-34, Grand Lake, CO
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Grand Lake, this lodge is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Adams Falls Trail, and Columbine Lake. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre and Grand Lake Golf Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Grand View Mountain Lodge C$147
      Grand View Mountain Lodge

      Grand View Mountain Lodge

      725 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Grand Lake, this lodge is within a 10-minute walk of Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Grand Lake Marina, and Kauffman House Museum. Grand Lake Area Historical Society and Adams Falls Trail are also within 10 minutes.

        Americas Best Value Inn Bighorn Lodge C$177
        Americas Best Value Inn Bighorn Lodge

        Americas Best Value Inn Bighorn Lodge

        613 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Grand Lake, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre and Adams Falls Trail. Grand Lake Marina and Kauffman House Museum are also within 10 minutes.

          Columbine Cabins C$197
          Columbine Cabins

          Columbine Cabins

          416 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Grand Lake, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Adams Falls Trail and Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. Grand Lake Marina and Grand Lake Area Historical Society are also within 15 minutes.

            Lone Eagle Lodge C$202
            Lone Eagle Lodge

            Lone Eagle Lodge

            712 - 720 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre and Grand Lake Marina. Grand Lake Golf Course and Grand Lake Nordic Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant C$136
              The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant

              The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant

              210 RAPIDS LANE, P. O. Box 1400, Grand Lake, CO
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Grand Lake, this lodge is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Lake Marina and Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. Grand Lake Golf Course and Grand Lake Nordic Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Daven Haven Lodge & Cabins
                Daven Haven Lodge & Cabins

                Daven Haven Lodge & Cabins

                604 Marina Drive, Grand Lake, CO
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Grand Lake, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Adams Falls Trail, and Grand Lake Marina. Grand Lake Area Historical Society and Kauffman House Museum are also within 15 minutes.