Birding · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Trailhead isn't well marked, so initially finding the trail can be difficult. Trail is heavily used so it's easy to follow.
Need to Know
No restrooms at trailhead and it isn't marked.
Paradise Falls, officially known as Beaver Creek Falls, is a popular destination in the Bighorns despite the trailhead not being well marked. For as short as this hike is, there is so much to be seen. Elk and other critters commonly use the valley as a water source, while its geological beauty attracts hikers and explorers every year. This waterfall is small, but it is definitely one of the greatest sights to see in the Bighorn Mountains.
The trail isn't well marked at the beginning; however, it is heavily used by locals and visitors, so finding it isn't difficult. "Heavily used" in Wyoming terms means you might see 2 or 3 other groups enjoying the view on a weekend and you'll most likely get it all to yourself on a weekday.
The trail is relatively flat with the exception of a short incline/decline at the beginning that might get you breathing heavy if you rush it. Once you descend the small hill, the valley which Beaver Creek flows through is flat. Follow this Beaver Creek until you get to the rock outcropping that it falls off of. To see the full view of the falls, you'll have to work your way around the western side of the canyon, otherwise you'll just see the waterfall from the top.
Paradise Falls is a great place to take a lunch and even take a swim if you can handle the cold mountain water.
Flora & Fauna
Shared By: Jeffrey Shanor