Calypso Cascade is located about 2 miles from the Wild Basin Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is an amazing cascade on Cony Creek which falls nearly 200 feet over rocks and fallen trees on its way down to the valley below. It is a popular destination as it is easily accessible and can even be a good hike for families with children.
Late autumn brings cold weather and snow to RMNP. In a short period of time Calypso Cascade will freeze for the winter. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
The Wild Basin area on the southern end of Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the less visited areas of the Park, and many would like to keep it their little secret. Most visitors to Wild Basin enjoy a gentle walk along the St. Vrain River which itself is far from gentle as it roars and crashes over the rocks. This trail eventually leads you to Calypso Cascade. As far as you can see, water tumbles over the rocks and fallen trees creating a noise which is both powerful and soothing. From here the trail continues on to Ouzel Falls, Thunder Lake, Bluebird Lake and dozens of other beautiful locations. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
This unique plant was found on a snowy November afternoon in Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park just across from Calypso Cascade. It was quite a surprise to come across such a find, with one very distinct red branch and the other one completely green with a red stem. The balance of colors was beautiful and set apart by the fresh white snow. I don’t think the hikers passing by had any idea what I was doing on my hands and knees taking photos in the snow. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.