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Agnes Vaille Falls - Chaffee County, Colorado

A Beautiful Waterfall In Colorado's Sawatch Range

NOTICE: Agnes Vaille Falls has been closed indefinitely after a rock slide in September 2013 killed five hikers. The parking lot has been barricaded and the trailhead sign has been taken down. Below is my write-up with photos from previous visits.

Worth a Visit If You Love Waterfalls ...
Agnes Vaille Falls is located in Chalk Creek Canyon, west of Nathrop, Colorado. This is the most popular waterfall in Chaffee County, and its easy accessibility make it a sure winner for vacationers in Salida and Buena Vista who desire to see one. The trail is a gentle ascent for 0.5 miles with some rock scrambling required to reach the base of the falls. Note that signs warn hikers of the possibility of falling rocks in the canyon.

Directions: From Nathrop, travel west on Chaffee County Road 162 into the mountains. Pass the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs on the left and keep going. The Agnes Vaille Falls Trailhead and parking area are a few more miles ahead with a sign on the right. If you reach Cascade Falls or where the pavement ends, you've gone too far.

Agnes Vaille Falls
Yours truly, standing at the base. It's such a pretty spot!

Photos and write-up by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube


More Photos
Agnes Vaille Falls Trailhead
The view at the trailhead. It is a 0.5 mile hike to the waterfall. The peak in the middle is the south face of Mt. Princeton.
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Two photos as I approached the waterfall on a recent hike.

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Two more photos from slightly different angles. (Click any of these images to view them at a larger size.) Also, information about the life of Agnes Vaille.

Late Fall
Agnes Vaille Falls
Colorado waterfalls can be sketchy in the winter and the colder months, as they tend to freeze over. There was some flowing water on this particular visit on November 11, 2006.

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