This weekend the girls and I met up with some friends at Nunn’s Park to walk the Bridal Veil Falls trail. Unfortunately, it was WAY colder than we expected. So, our group only made it to the base of the falls before heading back to our warm cars.
Nunn’s Park is a beautiful little campground about 3-4 miles up Provo Canyon. It is also next to the trail head for Bridal Veil Falls. It’s a great spot to camp or have a picnic. There are fire pits and grills and it sits right next to the river.
The Bridal Veil Falls trail is great for all levels of hikers. The whole trail is 1.3 miles long, and because it’s paved, it’s really easy for kids and for mamas with strollers! There are also plenty of benches along the way if you need to stop. Be careful of the river, especially during the Spring run-off, and do not attempt to climb the falls without some serious climbing experience. Every year there are deaths from people who misstep and fall.
At the trail head you’ll see the path split. Take the lower path on the left for the easy paved trail.
I love Bridal Veil Falls! It’s where my dad proposed to my mom. There used to be a restaurant on the cliffs by the upper falls and a tram that took you up. He proposed at the restaurant looking over the falls. Can you imagine how romantic that must have been?
Unfortunately, the tram and restaurant are no longer there. Avalanches and a fire destroyed them a few years ago.
Bridal Veil Falls: The Legend
If you find it, there is a plaque that tells you the story of how the falls came to be. It reads,
“Many moons ago, an Indian named Norita and a brave from a rival tribe, named Grey Eagle met and fell in love. They planned to meet near a streamlet high on the mountainside and elope to a land far away from both their tribes. On that fateful night, instead of her lover, Norita was confronted by braves from her own tribe. Fearing her lover had been destroyed she leaped from the high ledges.
Mother Nature was touched by her wild beauty, and she caught up Norita’s streaming tresses and made from them a Bridal Veil of falling water. From her flowing gown an alter was formed on the face of the mountain. Then her spirit was sent out as a mist, causing a green carpet to spread over the mountainside.
The intruders fled while her saddened lover stood and gazed down at the strange yet beautiful transformation. His grief was more than he could bear, so out of compassion for his sorrow, Mother Nature molded his massive frames into the mountain and stretched his mighty shoulders high into the heavens like silent sentinels to guard over his loved one. His cries of anguish were softened into love calls to whisper forever.”