This is the view of Bear Creek falls near Ouray, Colorado as seen from the San Juan Skyway. The section of this highway between Durango and Silverton, Colorado derives its name from the low grade gold ore present in its road bed and is known as the "Million-Dollar Highway".
The 249 foot high, 20 foot wide Latourell Falls cascades down a cliff on the north side of Pepper Mountain in giant steps into the Columbia River Gorge. Water flow is significant only in the late Winter and Spring months when snow melts increase the amount of ground water. The Columbia River Gorge is a story of successive lava flows and numerous devastating floods, about one each Ice Age, from the melting of Lake Missoula behind the Spokane Ice Dam a few hundred miles to the northeast.
Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. It falls down the series of massive lava flows that are evident in the cliffs of the gorge. In two steps the falls drop a total of 620 feet (189 m), split into an upper falls of 542 feet and a lower falls of 69 feet, with a gradual nine-foot vertical distance between the two. It is claimed to be the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. Underground springs from Larch Mountain are the year-round source of water for the waterfall, augmented by spring runoff from the mountain's snow pack and rainwater during the other seasons.