“The Grandest Scenery in Colorado”
Once inside Seven Falls, you’ll be enveloped by cliffs and delighted by the cascade of water. The falls tumble 181 feet down the head of this box canyon, dancing from granite face to granite face in seven distinct leaps. For those who want to dive into nature, 224 steps by the side of the falls lead to two hiking trails and the banks of the glistening stream that feeds the falls. Others might prefer a more leisurely experience. For them, browsing our shops, dining at the cafe and learning from our exhibits is sure to delight. Of course, the children can’t miss our traditional native American Indian dance performances (summer only). Seven Falls is a series of seven cascading waterfalls of South Cheyenne Creek in South Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado; and the name of the larger visitor attraction. About ten minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, Seven Falls has been called the 'Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado.' Near the north end of the Cheyenne Mountain massif, the privately owned landform is part of the fall line of the Colorado Front Range (cf Helen Hunt Falls in North Cheyenne Cañon Park). The sum of the height of the seven falls is 181 feet and there are a total of 224 steps on the staircase from the base of the falls to the peak. In the late 19th century, some of the associated property was developed as a scenic resort. It was popular for a time with travelers who arrived by horse-drawn vehicles or by horseback or burro after what was then an hour of travel from town. Situated in a natural box canyon, Seven Falls is Colorado’s only waterfall that is included in the National Geographic list of international waterfalls. The falls are named from top to bottom: Ramona, Feather, Bridal Veil, Shorty, Hull, Weimer, and Hill. On either side of the mouth of the picturesque canyon a little ways into the park, the Pillars of Hercules are steep cliffs that are only 41 feet wide at the narrowest point and rise to 940 feet on the right side and 790 feet on the left. Two hiking trails are open to the public between mid-March and mid-October. The trails are closed at 4pm daily during off-seasons, and from December to February. They are also closed during bad weather and winter season. The trails are fairly difficult since tourists will climb from 6,800 ft at the beginning of the trail to 7,200 ft at the end. Launched in 1883, the Trail to Inspiration Point is the longest trail in Seven Falls and the most popular for more than a century. This one-mile trail leads visitors to Inspiration Point where they can enjoy a stunning view of the Colorado Springs and Great Plains. It is also the place of Helen Hunt Jackson’s original gravesite. The most recent trail at the falls leads to the Midnight Falls, which is located close to the South Cheyenne Creek’s headwaters. During the summer season, tourists will be entertained by native American dancers who present Indian dance interpretations. Seven Falls also has several shops to cater to tourists’ shopping needs. The park is also noted for its rich wildlife.
It was nice but it was man-made. It shows the history how man created and being arrogant about nature itself. I want to see the beautiful waterfalls that glaciers created thousands of years ago, not arrogance.
I read about the stairs but I was still unprepared. We were sore for a week after the climb. It is beautiful. If you don't want to climb they do have a lookout point you can get to by elevator where you can get pictures of the falls.
Beautiful landscape. Steep staircases (two sets) to top for hiking trails and photo ops--wet so bring good shoes! I'm scared of heights, but people friendly about going really slow. Back access behind restaurant has multiple trails fairly mild--children and elders climbed with options to return if too difficult, play in stream and see the "inspirational" lookout points. Paid $18 for adult ticket, by nobody ever checks for them--at least just to help keep it clean and tended.
Man made or not it’s a good sight to see. There’s about 500 stairs total and a steep climb to the top gets your heart pumping. Parking wasn’t fun because there was some kind of convention but once you called the number for the falls they were very helpful.
The hike through the canyon and up the falls is so pretty! If you're paying for the ticket, might as well hike to Midnight Falls and Inspiration Point too. They have a really cool looking zipline, but it's not cheap.
Good place to visit if you want to go for a bit of a hike. There's a super steep, scary staircase to climb up to reach the top of the falls. At the top there are a couple trails. We hiked down one and it was a very beautiful walk through the woods.
Also they have the fattest chipmunks that run in and out of the gift store.
Beautiful! If you’re in great shape, walk up to the falls: Seniors, children, $2 tram ticket is worth it! Once you get to top, elevator can take you to first lookout to see falls, but the stairs by the falls to climb and do additional hiking are behind restaurant and there is not an elevator. Bring walking shoes, and time. After stair climb we felt accomplished! For us, it was well worth it, even the meal in the restaurant following our adventurous, sometimes scary stair climb, was tasteful, beautifully presented and plentiful.
For some reason this had a tourist trap feel but did provide great views. You park away from the gate and a 5 minute shuttle ride takes you inside.
The walk to the falls is a tough mile up hill. A tram ride is available for additional cost. There is a restaurant but pricing is high. Its pricing is similar to a fine dining restaurant.
More walking up stairs to see the falls. Tough climb after the hike up the hill. Once you are there, you want to stay. We weren't looking forward to the walk back down.
We used one of those penny smashing machines. Had them break a $1 to get quarters. Most places give you a shiny penny for free since they get the. 50. No, this guy breaks down the change so instead of getting two, we got 1 and extra change. Giving us two pennies would have net you $0.98 but you only got $0.49. Multiple times over a year adds up.
I'd go again but I'd sneak in a lunch, snacks, water and take the tram.
Man made. It is one heck of a hike up the hill and then again up the stairs. It is worth the couple extra bucks to take the tram up the hill to save your energy for the hike up the stairs.
Not at all as neat as the photos. Very disappointed.
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