Explore Adams Falls

On the east side of Grand Lake, Colorado, less than a mile from downtown, a short walk brings you to Adams Falls. Adams Falls is a towering waterfall in Rocky Mountain National Park that eventually feeds into Grand Lake. The rushing waterway was named after Jay E. Adams, an earlier settler of the town. Because of its ease of access and beautiful views, Adams Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Grand County.

Note: Rocky Mountain National Park requires a timed-entry permit from late May to mid-October. Make your reservation at Recreation.gov. Get the most up-to-date information on trails and stops on the National Park website.

Adams Falls Hike

Almost any level of hiker can make the trek to Adams Falls. From the East Inlet Trailhead near the center of town, hike through the mixed forest of pines and aspens. After 1/3 of a mile, you will reach the Adams Falls Trail, which is a semi-loop (shaped like a lollipop) that reconnects with the East Inlet Trail. Turn right at the junction on Adams Falls Trail and walk a short distance to the overlook of the roaring waterfall. The view of Adams Falls is stunning, dropping roughly 55 feet in a series of steps through a narrow rock gorge.

From there, the trail climbs to the top of the falls for another outstanding outlook from above — and if you look into the distance you can see all of Grand Lake from this point. Continue hiking until the trail reconnects with the East Inlet Trail, then take a left and head back toward town.

Adams Falls Seasonal Conditions

During warmer months, you can make the trip to Adams Falls in a sturdy pair of sneakers or hiking boots. The trail is unpaved, but well-maintained. In the colder months, the walk can get icey, so pack some microspikes to avoid slipping. Get more tips to Stand Grand.

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Adams Falls is a towering waterfall in Rocky Mountain National Park that eventually feeds into Grand Lake.

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