When you’re standing on the edge of a cliff looking out at the water, there’s a little voice in the back of your head that’s hard to ignore.
You look down and hesitate. Fear keeps you glued on the rock.
But it only takes one moment—one brave moment—and you’re in the air waiting for the crash of water.
Cliff diving is the best kind of rush.
I don’t like heights.
So much so that getting too close to the edge leaves my whole body shaking. My heart races, I tense up, and all I can imagine is tripping and falling to my death.
I really, really don’t like heights.
But when you get invited to go cliff jumping, you always say yes.
Cliff Jumping at Seaman Reservoir
Seaman Reservoir is located just outside of Fort Collins, CO, and is part of the Gateway Natural Area, about a two-hour drive from Denver.
GPS will get you there no problem, but you probably won’t have service once you’re in the foothills so plan accordingly if you’re meeting people there.
You’ll pay a $6 fee per car to park in the picnic area where you’ll have access to a stream and some restrooms. Make sure to take advantage of these facilities before you head out to the reservoir!
It’s an easy one-mile hike along a dirt access road to get to the reservoir and then another half mile to get to the cliff jumping spot. The second hike is a bit more strenuous so I’d suggest wearing something sturdier than flip flops. I was fine in my Teva sandals, but would have preferred to be in sneakers.
It’s not marked, but pretty heavily trafficked so you shouldn’t get lost. Make sure you keep an eye out for rattlesnakes. We didn’t run into any live ones while we were there, but saw a dead one on the dirt path.
Make sure to bring plenty of water, towels, and snacks! We also packed some inner tubes for floating around.
There are two cliff heights you can jump from, around 10 ft and 30 ft.
I stuck to the lower heights (obviously) and still had a blast. The experienced jumpers were doing all sorts of crazy dives from the taller point, which was super impressive. But it also didn’t seem very safe so I’d advise against it unless you know what you’re doing.
Just remember, if anything bad happens, you’re stuck carrying someone a mile and half back to the ranger station!
So please, be safe!
Tips for Safe Cliff Jumping
- Never go alone.
- Check how deep the water is BEFORE you jump.
- Jump feet first.
- Breathe out through your nose when you hit the water.
- Make sure everyone is out of the jump zone before you jump.
- Jump out and away from the rocks.
- Don’t act like an idiot.
Cliff jumping was an AWESOME experience. Terrifying, but absolutely thrilling. I’ll definitely go again!
Sometimes you just have to do things that scare you.