My family absolutely loves a waterfall hike. Knowing a waterfall can be found at the end keeps us motivated during difficult climbs, and the waterfalls make a perfect picnic backdrop.
Colorado Springs, Colorado has several beautiful waterfalls that you can visit. Here are four of our favorite Colorado Springs waterfalls that you’ve got to check out on your next trip!
HELEN HUNT FALLS
Located in North Cheyenne Cañon Park, Helen Hunt Falls are named for author Helen Hunt Jackson and are popular with hikers. It’s a great activity for families, as it’s a relatively easy climb up the side of the falls with a great reward of awesome views.
To access the falls, you’ll need to drive about 2.5 miles into the park on North Cheyenne Canyon Park and look for a sign indicating waterfall parking. At a large trailhead, hikers can head to the base of the falls or continue to the top, which is just a short hike and which offers fantastic canyon vistas.
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Looking for more ways to enjoy the beauty of Colorado Springs? Try these amazing activities!
- Take a Garden of the Gods Segway Tour. Spend a day in the Garden of the Gods exploring geologic formations, wildlife, and a unique part of nature on your very own Segway with a guide.
- Enjoy a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight. Enjoy a hot air balloon flight over the magnificent Rocky Mountains as they’re drenched in the early morning sunlight. A champagne toast is included!
- Take a Pikes Peak Jeep Tour. Take an incredible journey 14,115 feet up to the summit of Pike’s Peak, America’s Mountain. Learn interesting history and folklore while taking in stunning and unforgettable scenery.
ST. MARY’S FALLS
Past Helen Hunt Falls is a trailhead for St. Mary’s Falls located in Pike National Forest and also a very popular hike. Slightly more strenuous, it’s about 3 miles to reach the falls from the parking lot, and you will follow the trail up and over a closed railroad tunnel and along a creek to the falls.
You can also horseback ride along this trail, and more advanced hikers may continue on the trail past the falls to Mount Rosa.
BROADMOOR SEVEN FALLS
If you decide to see Broadmoor Seven Falls, you’ll be looking at the only Colorado waterfall to ever make National Geographic’s list of international wonders. This waterfall challenges you to take 224 steps to the hiking trails and the banks of glistening streams that feed the falls, and its 181-foot drop of falling water. The falls is one of Colorado’s most popular natural wonders.
The falls drop 180 feet and pools in seven different areas all within a 1,250-foot-wall box canyon between the towering rocks called the “Pillars of Hercules.” If you make it to the top, you’ll find even more hiking trails and streams that feed into the falls.
For a soaring adventure and superb views, you can zip line over Seven Falls or try your footing along rope bridges. During the winter season for holiday festivities, multi-colored lights illuminate the falls each evening.
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Set in the quirky yet charming Manitou Springs area, Rainbow Falls is a small series of falls over 5 acres. Once inhabited by a Ute Indian tribe who believed the falls were a special place, Rainbow Falls is said to be named from the rainbow that appears in the spray.
Be sure to check out the historic 1932 Highway 24 Bridge that leads into Manitou Springs and which is listed on the National Register of Historic Bridges. You’ll also find picnic tables, interpretive displays and a parking lot to access the falls.
COLORADO SPRINGS WATERFALLS FAQ
How long is the Seven Falls hike in Colorado Springs?
The hike to Seven Falls in Colorado Springs is anywhere from 0.4 to 3 miles u002du002d depending on which route you take. There is both an out-and-back hike and a loop hiking option.
How much does it cost to get into Seven Falls?
Tickets to Seven Falls cannot be purchased in advance and must be purchased at the gate. The fee for adults ages 13+ is $17. Seniors and Military (with ID) is $14.25 and it’s $11 for children ages 2-12. Children under 2 are free.
When is the best time to visit Colorado Springs?
If you’re looking for nice temps and less crowds, September and October are the ideal months to visit Colorado Springs. With so many year-round activities though, anytime is truly a good time to visit this Colorado city.
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