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Colorado Bend State Park, Bend

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
Colorado Bend State Park is located in Bend. To visit Colorado Bend State Park on your holiday in Bend, and find out what else Bend has to offer, use our Bend vacation trip planner.
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  • This is just another fine example of Texas State Parks. Colorado Bend offers almost everything for the outdoor enthusiast. We went up for the day and just chose to make it a day of hiking. I do see an...  read more »
  • Very scenic route to get there , but beware of the cows - they can come out of nowhere . I would not drive there after dark . Beautiful and picturesque park , however camp sites are close to one anoth...  read more »
  • Best place to do outdoor activities. Lot of trails to discover. Camping fees and entrance fees can be paid at the office or for the late arrivals there is a self -pay station just at the park entrance...  read more »
  • Wonderful, beautiful, amazing park!! The volunteer guide, Bill, that helped us was a great guy! Very helpful and informative. I'm soo happy with our stay! My favorite part was waking up to a group of deer walking through our camp in the early morning hours! This state park is definitely on our favourites list!
  • I had camped here a few years back and had a wonderful time under the clear night skies (except for getting walking pneumonia from the 40 degree temp dip into the upper 30s that night and being molested by an armadillo), but because I fell ill, I was unable to enjoy the springs and hike to Gorman Falls. I came back specifically for the Falls hike as with all the rain we'd been having the Falls were supposed to be spectacular! They did not disappoint! Though a bit off the beaten path (you will wonder just exactly where you are at a few points to drive there), it is worth the 90mins-2hr drive out. When we arrived the park seemed almost abandoned as there was not a fee station as with other parks and the Gorman Falls trail head is about a half mile drive in past the park entrance. The trailhead parking is well marked and has a pretty decent bathroom facility as far as compost standards go. The trail itself is rated as "challenging", but honestly, if you are in relative decent physical shape, can do a 5k at a moderate pace, and do not have knee problems, you should be fine. The only thing to keep in mind is that hiking under the pounding glare of the mid-day sun was not the best laid plans. When we started our hike around 11am, it was actually not that terribly hot and we had a nice breeze. However, due to lack of shade along the trail and literally being out in the middle of nowhere, the hike back was draining and I am glad I decided to bring extra water as I sweated about half my body weight and the temperature seemed to have increased to 1000 degrees within the 2hrs between. The trail itself is pretty simple and unextraordinary except for some random vistas here and there. When you approach the Falls and can hear the running water, that's when the trail gets exciting! Warning though, use the ropes along the very steep part of the last 100yrds or so to the Falls. The grade is no joke and the rocks are surprisingly slippery! I am honestly not sure how people made it down other than on their butts before the leads were put in! Once down in the Falls area it is like being transported to some Fern Gully-esque place you might find in the middle of the Amazon instead of the Texas hill country! The Falls were spectacular and running fairly well! Adding to the mystical charm we were greeted by a couple of butterflys as they fluttered in and out of the mist and one landed on a leaf right off the side of one of the falls. Between the different hues of green, the various falls and their orchestrated symphony of flowing waters, it is an incredible peace of personal heaven, especially as we had it all to ourselves. I could not see this place being enjoyable on a weekend or during the peak season when it is teeming w/other people. All in all a fantastic adventure and discovery that was well worth the mileage, both by car and foot! I will definitely be back to try some other trails leading to the various Springs.
  • My boyfriend and I loved it, but the mosquitos were so bad, the river was dirty, BUT the milky way as clearltvisable to the naked eye. But we ended up driving home at around 3am and we almost hit a cow. Theres to many loose cattlle areas.
  • I love this place, its a small state park with 3 - 4 pools good to go with the family and kids. If you want to do a hike, then its also good. Don't go during peak summer which will dehydrate you to the dead end. They don't have any nearby restaurants / coffee shops which is one more difficult thing, so u need to carry all food. the only available restaurant has a very short time opened.
  • A wonderful park with plenty of options for hiking. Gorman Falls and the trails around that area are well kept and offer lots of opportunities for exercise. The springs are peaceful and a refreshing short hike as well.
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