Wondrous Waterfalls for Spring

This spring, revel in the roar, the spray, and the awe-inspiring power.

hiker takes in view of Sahalie Falls from moss-covered rock, near Sisters, Oregon
Sahalie Falls, near Sisters, Oregon.
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"Sahalie Falls, not far from Sisters, Oregon, shows off the best of the Pacific Northwest: moss-blanketed rocks, old-growth trees, a pristine river. In summer, it's a respite from the heat; in winter, the ice sculptures formed by the mist are magical." —Jennie Daniels

"Each spring, Grand Falls, a waterfall on Navajo Nation land near Leupp, Arizona, comes roaring to life. It's truly a sight to behold—higher than Niagara Falls!" —Jennifer and Dean Tutor

"One of the most glorious cascades I've ever experienced is Fall Creek Falls, near Swan Valley, Idaho. I find it especially lovely in fall, when the rushing water, snowcapped peaks, and autumn colors lift my spirit to levels of pure joy." —Ed Riche

burney falls flows fast near Redding, California

Feel the mist on your face at Burney Falls in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park near Redding, California. 

David H. Collier

"I love all waterfalls, but the one I return to again and again is Burney Falls, northeast of Redding, California. I love it because you can walk down near the water, sit on a rock, feel the cool spray, and simply stare in awe." —Nancy Hull

"From afar, the Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, in Wyoming, looks like a white ribbon of water tinged with emerald streaks. Walk to the lookout point at the Brink of Lower Falls, and you can feel the sheer power." —Jon Hippenstiel

"It takes effort to reach Darwin Falls, but once you get there, you're rewarded with an unlikely sight: a gushing waterfall in the heart of Southern California's Death Valley National Park." —Jeff Panther

visitors stop on the bridge that spans multnomah falls near portland, oregon

Walk the bridge for an up-close view of Multnomah Falls, near Portland. 

David H. Collier

"Multnomah Falls, outside Portland, is breathtakingly lovely. I first saw it as a child, and I'm amazed by its power to endure gracefully through the seasons and years." —Charles Eitelgeorge

"When Montana's Highway 38 opens in early summer, I head for Skalkaho Falls, between Hamilton and Philipsburg. The massive torrent makes for a dramatic photo op." —David Doria

"Getting to Lower Calf Creek Falls, in Utah's Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, is half the fun. The trail that leads there winds through a canyon past archaeological sites. When you arrive, you can relax on the beach and watch the cascading water. Absolutely beautiful." —Brian Wilson

Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite seen against a blue sky with trees in the foreground

Yosemite's Bridalveil Falls is an unforgettable sight. 

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"In June 1960, my husband and I honeymooned in California's Yosemite National Park. As we drove in, there before us was a very full Bridalveil Fall, helping us celebrate. Unforgettable." —Joan Hamilton

"We always stop at Salt Creek Falls on the drive between Eugene and Bend, Oregon. The waterfall plunges into a deep canyon, forming rainbows. It's particularly pretty in winter, when the trees are covered with snow." —Dave Taube