Bridal Veil Falls

Round Trip Distance: 1-1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 5036 - 5246 feet
Cellphone: 1-4 bars
Time: 1 hr.
Trailhead: Nunn's/Bridal Veil Falls Park
Fee: none
Attractions: Scenic waterfall, picnic area

Bridal Veil Falls is located in the Uinta National Forest in Provo Canyon between Provo and Orem, Utah. The double cataract waterfall is 607 feet tall. Due to its easy access and natural beauty the falls is one of the top attractions in the area. NOTE: The area around the falls is an attractive place to play and climb around. It is also very steep and slippery in spots. In the short time since we visited the area two people have lost their lives in separate accidents. One person slipped and fell 40 foot and the other was jumping boulders. Both died of severe head trauma. Be very careful and know the limits of your abilities and practice common sense.

There are more than one trailhead that access Bridal Veil Falls. This post begins at Nunn's Park which is more commonly referred to as Bridal Veil Falls Park. If coming from Interstate 15 take either the University Blvd. Exit and follow University Blvd./Highway 189 for 10.5 miles or take the 800N Exit heading east to Highway 189 for a total distance of 7 miles. If no parking is available at the park continue east on Highway 189 and park in the lot along the highway across the river from the falls. There is a footbridge that crosses the Provo River.

From the park follow the Provo Canyon Recreation Trail. The trail follows a reclaimed railroad bed that once ran through the canyon.

There are several places with good river access for fishermen or anyone that just wants to see the river.

People congregate around the pools of water at the base of the falls where they can wade in the shallow water.

At one time there was a very steep tramway that crossed in front of the falls leading up to a restaurant and observation area on the side of the cliff. An avalanche brought an end to all of it and the area has since been cleaned up and become a very popular local attraction.

For those that would like to hike up to the mountain to get closer to the falls there is a trail for that.

The trail up to the falls is very primitive and not at all family friendly. If you decide to hike up to the falls stay on the designated trail and don't try to take any shortcuts. There is a lot of loose talus and scree so be careful not to knock any rocks onto people down below.

It is possible to hike to the upper cataract but it can be very dangerous. Do not try to follow the water back down to the lower trail. The rocks are very slippery and the route is steeper than it looks. Recently one person lost their life trying to do so while another lost their life coming down from the upper falls.

On a more pleasant note there are some nice rainbow trout in a pool next to the wading area along the lower trail. While you can't fish for them you can buy some feed to give them.

The park has a few tables and large grassy areas for a picnic.

At present porta-potties serve as restrooms for the park. It is unknown if any plans are in the works to upgrade the facilities. The round trip distance will vary with whether you hike up to the falls or stick to the lower trail. That goes likewise for the elevation change. The Bridal Veil Falls area has a lot to offer visitors of all ages. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.