San Juan Mountains Exploration: Bridal Veils Falls
Elevation 10,279 ft.
Total height 365 ft.
Watercourse San Miguel River
The power generated inside the home located at the top of Bridal Veil Falls now provides almost a quarter of Telluride's power. The house was originally used to power the Smuggler-Union Mine. It is the second-oldest operating AC generator in the United States, the first being the nearby Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant by Ophir, Colorado. While the falls are located on private property, ice climbers are known to trespass and climb the frozen Bridal Veil Falls during the winter. The climb is referred to as a “mega classic” and “one of the most dangerous climbs in America”.