About Hayes Creek Falls
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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