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Mystic Falls

Visit one of the lesser-known waterfalls of Colorado

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Alpine scenery, glacial lakes, and scenic rocky mountains make the San Juan Mountains of Colorado an excellent hiking destination. The area around Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride is also full of waterfalls. One of the most enchanting waterfalls in the Telluride area is the Mystic Falls, also known as the Lake Fork Falls. It is relatively unknown so you won't see crowds of tourists around. The best time to visit Mystic Falls is from May to October.

Mystic Falls can be reached by CO-145 from the Mountain Village. Drive south and turn right onto 63L and then left toward the town of Ames. The road gets steep and rocky, so a 4wd vehicle is recommended. You can park by the power station or continue driving and take a left on a narrow dirt road. It goes to a parking lot with coordinates 37.863109, -107.883358. The trail to the Mystic Falls starts to the left of the parking area and runs parallel to Lake Fork Creek. Cross the creek and walk for about 250 m (800 ft), and you will see the top of the waterfall. You can also go to the bottom of the canyon to look at the falls from a different angle.

San Juan National Forest is full of beautiful waterfalls, many of them unnamed. You can also visit Lean Creek Falls, Piedra Falls, Silver Falls, and Treasure Falls to name a few.

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