I love where I live because of all of the hiking trails close by! A really fun hike is Browns Creek. From parts of the trail you can see the huge 14er mountains and Browns Canyon across the valley. About 3 miles up the trail is an amazing waterfall that is way bigger than you would expect. At the beginning of the waterfall is a huge drop that goes into a smaller drop, then into a pretty blue pool! The pool is fun to play in and you can even cross the creek on a log.

Another nice thing about the hike is all of the amazing flowers and mushrooms. There are purple, yellow, blue, and red flowers. Make sure you bring a flower book to identify all the different kinds. If you like mushrooms, you’re in luck! There are so many kinds of mushrooms found along the trail. Be careful though, some are poisonous. Be sure you know what to pick before you try one!

Browns Creek Falls Trail


One thing that’s cool about this trail is that horses are allowed. When we were hiking we saw lots of people riding horses. Once you reach the falls, you can tie up your horse and walk up to see an awesome view!

How to Get to the Trailhead:

From Highway 285, midway between Poncha Springs and Buena Vista, take County Road 270 west for approximately 1.5 miles to a 4-way intersection. From the yield sign, continue traveling west. The road continues as Forest Road 272. Stay on FR 272 for about 2 miles. A sign at the cattle guard will indicate you entrance onto Nation Forest lands. Continue traveling west from the boundary sign for 2 miles. At the intersection, turn left and travel south for 1.5 miles to the trailhead.