Hayes Creek Falls

Redstone, Colorado, USA

About Hayes Creek Falls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2020-10-17
Date last visited: 2020-10-17

Waterfall Latitude: 39.15917
Waterfall Longitude: -107.25201

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Hayes Creek Falls was a convenient roadisde waterfall situated between the Marble turnoff and the hamlet of Redstone along the scenic Hwy 133.

Yet despite its convenience, we only accidentally stumbled upon this waterfall so we were caught off guard by it when we drove right past it during our COVID-19 Summer Road Trip.

Hayes_Creek_Falls_030_10172020 - Hayes Creek Falls
Hayes Creek Falls

As a result, as you can see in the photo above, we only managed to witness this waterfall when it was struggling to flow in mid-October when we came back nearly over three months later.

Its main visible tier was probably on the order of 40ft, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there were more hidden tiers judging by its contour lines further upstream as seen on my Gaia GPS map.

There were two large pullouts as well as a fairly wide road shoulder right around Hayes Creek Falls so I really felt dumb for not stopping for it on our first go back in early July 2020.

Nevertheless, this waterfall was so easy to visit that perhaps the biggest challenge was waiting for it to be safe to cross the Hwy 133 to scramble closer to the falls’ base.

Hayes_Creek_Falls_001_10172020 - Context of the Hayes Creek Falls sign besides the Hwy 133 and the Crystal River
Context of the Hayes Creek Falls sign besides the Hwy 133 and the Crystal River

That said, I’d imagine that we’d have a more difficult time getting closer to this waterfall when Hayes Creek would have higher flow earlier in the season.

Authorities

Hayes Creek Falls resides in the White River National Forest near Redstone in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is administed by the USDA Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Hwy_133_015_iPhone_10172020 - We approached Hayes Creek Falls after descending McClure Pass along the Hwy 133 into the Crystal River Valley, which still exhibited some Fall colors
Hayes_Creek_Falls_005_10172020 - Closer look at the Hayes Creek Falls sign on the west side of Hwy 133
Hayes_Creek_Falls_006_10172020 - Scrambling closer to the Hayes Creek Falls in lower mid-October flow so I actually had to scramble all the way to it
Hayes_Creek_Falls_010_10172020 - Closeup look at the Hayes Creek Falls in low mid-October 2020 flow
Hayes_Creek_Falls_015_10172020 - Long-exposed look at the base of the Hayes Creek Falls in low late season flow
Hayes_Creek_Falls_023_10172020 - Looking up at Hayes Creek Falls from right at its base during my mid-October 2020 visit
Hayes_Creek_Falls_031_10172020 - Broad look at Hayes Creek Falls in its low mid-Autumn flow
Hayes_Creek_Falls_032_10172020 - After having my fill of the Hayes Creek Falls, it was time to scramble back to the Hwy 133
Hayes_Creek_Falls_035_10172020 - Looking further downstream to the north towards some marble remnants that someone said was deposited there from a truck that crashed after hauling marble from the nearby town of Marble
Hayes_Creek_Falls_037_10172020 - Closeup look at some of the white rocks that was said to be marble from the town of Marble after the truck spillage
Hayes_Creek_Falls_038_10172020 - Looking back across the Hwy 133 towards another couple visiting Hayes Creek Falls after I was done with my visit

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Hayes Creek Falls was located right off the Hwy 133 about 2 miles south of the village of Redstone.

There were a couple of pullouts on the east side of Hwy 133 as well as a wide road shoulder to the west of the highway.

Hayes_Creek_Falls_002_10172020 - Looking back at our parked rental car along one of the big pullouts around the signed Hayes Creek Falls along Hwy 133
Looking back at our parked rental car along one of the big pullouts around the signed Hayes Creek Falls along Hwy 133

Finding the waterfall was pretty straightforward because there was a brown sign pointing out the Hayes Creek Falls on the west side of the highway.

For context, the Redstone Historic District was 11 miles (under 30 minutes drive) north of Marble, 16 miles (under 30 minutes drive) south of Carbondale, 47 miles (about an hour drive) west of Aspen, 29 miles (under an hour drive) south of Glenwood Springs, 116 miles (under 2 hours drive) east of Grand Junction, 90 miles (under 2 hours drive) northeast of Montrose, 124 miles (under 3 hours drive) north of Gunnison, 152 miles (about 3.5 hours drive) north of Crested Butte, and 186 miles (over 3 hours drive) west of Denver.

focused sweep on the falls and the tight surroundings .

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