Hike to Buffalo Creek Falls

Rate this Adventure Colorado Buffalo Creek Falls

Added by The Outbound Collective

A 'best kept secret,' beautifully formed waterfall within 2 hours of Denver. Enjoy camping, fishing, and boating at Wellington Lake after this short, rewarding hike.

A quarter mile hike takes you to the base of the falls. From there, look for a trail on the right that will lead to an overlook on a bridge. You can continue exploring along South Buffalo Creek further upstream, as well, where there are more cascades and pools to enjoy.

Afterwards, spend some time at the picturesque Wellington Lake, with its grand reflection of 'The Castle' mountain, where there are 75 tent and RV camping sites, boating, fishing, and more trails.

Photo Credit: David Walker

Pack List

  • Day use fee ($5+)
  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Camping gear
  • Fishing gear
  • Boating gear
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More



Camping, Hiking

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer

Trail Type:



0.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

500 Feet


Dog Friendly

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by The Outbound Collective

Your Home For Adventure.

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Spearhead

Colorado / Glacier Gorge Trailhead

Beginning from the Glacier Gorge trailhead, follow trail signs towards Mills Lake. At Mills, continue onward past Black Lake, and then continue hiking up into the incredible basin above Black Lake.

Kyle Frost
2 Saves

Hike Mt. Elbert via Black Cloud Trail

Colorado / Black Cloud Trailhead

Directions:  Heading south from Leadville from U.S. 24: West on CO 82 for 10.5 miles to a hidden right turn that leads to a trail head. If you make it to the Mt.

Mike Stevens
2 Saves

Backpack to Dragon's Back via Horsethief Trail

Colorado / Horsethief Trailhead

The Uncompahgre Wilderness stretches out through the mountains and forests of southwestern Colorado, with worn trails lingering beside abandoned 19th-century mines and crossing old alpine sheep pastu.

Jonathon Reed
11 Saves