Photo of the Week: Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon, Utah

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As I started working on the Visit Utah GeoTour I came across this wonderful piece of nature. Waterfalls fascinate me and I had to stop here. The view from the parking lot was already amazing but unfortunately it was a rainy and cloudy day. That’s why the photo is missing the beautiful blue sky you see often in Utah.

Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

The double cataract waterfall is 607 foot tall (185 m) and runs year-round and fed by springs. During the winter time experienced climbers enjoy the icefall just to the right of the Bridal Veil Falls, called Stairway to Heaven.

The aerial tramway, which opened in 1967, was destroyed by an avalanche in 1996. I wish the tram would still be here. I didn’t have enough time to hike the steep trail up all the way to the top. Near the parking lot, you can see the remains of the tram station.

This is a must see attraction if you are traveling along SR 189. Not to far from the falls itself is Bridal Veil Falls Park which has plenty of parking, picnic areas, and barbecue grills.

Did you know that the trail in front of the falls was a railroad track before it got converted into a recreational trail. The train service along this route stopped in the late 1980’s and the tracks were removed and the trail was created.


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