Photograph North Clear Creek Falls
Colorado › North Clear Creek Falls
Added by Jason Hatfield
One of Colorado's few photogenic waterfalls. It's in the remote SW but easy to access.
This 100 ft. waterfall is close to Colorado 149 on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. To access the falls turn onto FR 510 from the northern entrance and head south for .5 miles. Turn left into the North Clear Creek Falls Observation Site, from there it's a short walk to the falls.
Being out in the open this waterfall is best shot in shadow or under an overcast sky. Spring will have the heaviest water flow but the later summer flow has the nicest detail for a photograph. Make sure to use a polarizing filter and possible ND filter to lengthen the exposure.
- Wide-to-Telephoto Lens
- Polarizing Filter
- Neutral Density Filter
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I went to photograph this waterfall a few days ago during my roadtrip around the Midwest. I agree it was best shot with an overcast sky if you want a long exposure shot. However, my friend and I were able to get some decent shots with the sun by using our Lee filters - the big stopper, super stopper, and some soft ND filters. The waterfall is cool but from the overlook, there's much more to the place. If you go over the hill behind the bathrooms at the parking lot, you get a spectacular view of north clear creek flowing through a valley surrounded by mountain ranges and a great view of Bristol Head. And if you walk towards the waterfall to the end of the overlook area, there's a small trail that goes to the top of the falls. I walked over there and viewed the gully from the top of the falls. It was neat. Also, this waterfall is in the Rio Grande National Forest which is a beautiful place to explore and camp. It includes the San Juan and Sangre De Cristo mountains, beautiful wildlife, and a town called Creede with sweet locals.
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