From: Waterfalls, Maramures County, Maramures
Located in the Rodna Mountains, Horses Waterfall, known as one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in our country, can be found predominantly on the northern slope of the Rodna Mountains, in close proximity to the Borsa tourist resort. Therefore, if you choose to visit the well-known Borsa resort, you cannot miss this wonderful waterfall. This is the reason why each year, the area that includes the resort as well as the Horses Waterfall is invaded by a multitude of national and international tourists.
The attraction itself is the fact that the water resulting from snow melt and from the rains throughout the year, collects in a glacial circle, and from there, crashes down the very steep slope of the Piatra Rea Reservation, forming this overwhelmingly beautiful waterfall. The waterfall consists of several freefall steps, the first two approximately 40m apart, while the following are closer together, merely 20m apart.
LEGEND OF THE HORSES WATERFALL
Just like any other unusual tourist attraction, the Horses Waterfall has its own legend. It is said that the Piatra Rea Mountain has always been the favorite place where people living in the area kept their herds of horses, from spring until fall, for a very simple reason: the beauty and richness of the pastures here are hard to come by, so the horses could graze undisturbed. However, no story is happy until the end, so it is said that the herds of horses were frequently attacked by a hungry bear, who used them for its nourishment. As the place was very open, the bear’s chances of success were usually very slim to none. But since the bear is known for being a very smart animal, it would find solutions to remedy the situation, and it would corner the poor animals at the precipice next to what nowadays is the Horses waterfall. Hence, trapped in a tight spot, the poor animals had no way out, and fell prey to the hungry bear. The alternative was for them to jump into the abyss, which was just another tragic end. Legend says that the bear used to catch about 15 horses using that trick.
Since then, the locals renamed the waterfall to The Horses Waterfall, precisely because of that legend. Along with the waterfall, the entire area was renamed, and the mountain nearby got the name Horses Mountain, while the aforementioned glacial circle was also called the Horses Bridge. In order to preserve the same trend for the entire area, the creek that crashes into the valley also got the name Horses Creek.
ACCESS TO HORSES WATERFALL
As unbelievable as it seems, access is very easy, whether you choose to walk from Borsa, on a path, or a more comfortable route, by chairlift, from the Borsa resort.
If you choose the second option, the chairlift, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that from the chairlift drop-off place, you have only about a 15-minute walk left. It is important to know that the chairlift does not leave if the group of people doesn’t exceed 10-15 people, so ideally, you should take this trip with your group of friends, so as not to wait longer than necessary for the appropriate number of people to come together.
Additionally, it is also good to know that the last chairlift leaves at 5:00 PM, so if you do not reach the upper end of the chairlift route on time, the only other way to get off the mountain is walking, which may not be recommended at night.