Updated: Jul 14
Having moved to Tow, Texas from Grand Junction Colorado in search of a warm place to spend the winter of 2021-22, we had the good fortune of finding a quaint but lovely waterfront cottage on Lake Buchanan. We enjoyed the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains while in Colorado but knew the hiking trails of our highland Texas digs wouldn’t impress with any such peaks. Nevertheless, we did find an impressive waterfall just a short hour and a half drive away from our stay.
Gorman Falls Trail is a flat, mile and a half winding arid footpath intersecting several other hiking trails before concluding at Gorman Falls. Enjoy hiking under clear blue skies through cactus infested terrain in the morning if going during the late spring, summer, or early fall months, as it does get quite warm, and the trail offers little reproach from the sun with trees sparsely lining the way.
The trail is located within Colorado Bend State Park. This is a popular park, and one won’t be permitted in unless you’ve made a prior reservation. We weren’t aware of this stipulation prior to arrival one Sunday in late October. However, the park ranger was kind enough to let us in due to a smaller than expected occupancy rate on that particular day. To make a reservation go to tpwd.state.tx.us or call 325-628-3240. The address of the park is 2236 Park Hill Dr, Bend, TX 76824.
Once you’ve arrived at the 60-foot waterfall, pay careful attention to the information placards informing visitors to stay off of the delicate travertine mineral buildup landscape that’s taken millions of years to create. Speaking of water, be sure to bring plenty of it, as this 3-mile out-and-back hike won’t provide any potable water opportunities.
Bring a lunch or snack and enjoy the scenic Colorado river from its banks before heading back to the parking lot.
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