Photo Tuesday-Frozen Falls

Idaho Springs Colorado is a little town nestled in the Clear Creek Vally about thirty miles West of Denver on I70.  At an elevation of 7, 526 feet, it can get pretty cold there in the winter (I went white water rafting there a couple summers ago!).  You have to pass through one of the tunnels on I70 to get there – the shorter one – not the Eisenhower, then you take a couple winding, curvy turns and the city is just there.  The town itself has a lot of history, including a chapter in Colorado’s Gold Rush – but that’s not what I want to show you today.

No, I want to show you a waterfall.  Frozen.

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Stopping in Idaho Springs for pizza with Karen & Curtis a few weeks back, we noticed this frozen waterfall.  Unfortunately, it was on the other side of the highway without a really easy (or safe) way to get to it.  It was pretty breathtaking.

What kills me is that Karen noticed something I just couldn’t capture with my camera – there was still water flowing!  You could see rushing water at the center of the fall and also at the top – BEHIND the ice.  Yep, that’s right – behind the ice.  It was amazing.

Here’s another shot:

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In the second shot, you can just see the top of a car whizzing by! 🙂  (lower right corner)

This was just gorgeous and I wanted to share.

(After this, we helped some guys load a snowboard ramp thingie into a truck, then went and ate… and ate… and ate…)



  • Clifton Hill Posted December 14, 2010 11:54 am

    Very “cool” stuff. I’ve never seen a frozen waterfall before. As you know a “cold” day for us in Cali is just barely freezing temperature.

  • Caroline Posted December 15, 2010 3:17 pm

    Pipe of ice! Could you hear the water? Or maybe the stream further down?

    • Patrick Hester Posted December 16, 2010 12:22 pm

      Couldn’t hear the water due to the traffic on the interstate.

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