Located in a natural box canyon and open daily year-round, Seven Falls has 181 feet of stunning waterfalls. The Colorado Springs attraction made National Geographic’s list of International Waterfalls, the only one in Colorado to do so.
With a series of 7 cascading waterfalls, in the summer the waterfalls are lit up at night. Hike along 224 steps to the top or take an in-mountain elevator 14 stories to the Eagles Nest Lookout. Evening is a special time to visit the falls, as they are lit up at night.
Waterfalls, Hiking Trails & Lights in Colorado Springs
With over 224 stairs from the base to the top, the seven falls boast some of the most beautiful scenes in Colorado Springs. After re-opening in late 2015, they made several renovations including a new restaurant and zip line called the Broadmoor’s Soaring Adventure. There are separate fees for it, but being located above the falls, it’s well worth the extra money.
Seven Falls has been dubbed
“The grandest mile of scenery in Colorado”, as well as “The most beautiful canyon in the world”.
In the summer it stays open until 10:30pm. After the sunsets, lights illuminate the falls in a variety of colors. In the winter it closes at 4:30pm.
To reach the top, visitors must summit a staircase of 224 steps. Once at the top, the views are incredible. There are also two additional hiking trails located above the falls.
Helen Hunt Falls is another Springs’ waterfall that you can visit on the same day. It requires a short, but uphill, woodsy nature walk. It’s small and free, bujt nowhere near the attraction that Seven Falls is.
The Broadmoor Seven Falls actually dates all the way back to 1872 when a gentleman by the name of Nathaniel Colby. Mr. Colby sold the land to Colorado Springs Land Company, then sold Seven Falls to James Hull. James transformed the area by building roads through the canyon and a staircase up the falls.
With the help of another man who started charging visitors to view the falls by carriages and horses, Seven Falls in Colorado Springs has flourished into one of the premier attractions in the area. It’s a year-round gem.
The names of each fall are:
- Bridal Veil – Name based on its visual representation.
- Ramona – Named after Helen Hunt Jackson’s Book.
- Hill – Named for the previous owner.
- Hull – Named for the owner during the 1800s.
- Feather – Name based on its visual representation.
- Weimer – Named for the 2nd owner of the falls
- Shorty – This fall has the shortest drop out of all seven.
Throughout the canyon, there are several exhibits, which are part of a guided audio tour to make your adventure fun and memorable.
At the top of the falls is a system of trails that take you to Midnight Falls and then onto Inspiration Point overlooking Colorado Springs. The trails are open from May to mid-October.
The trail Midnight Falls takes about thirty minutes round trip, while Inspiration Point takes an hour round trip. There’s also a lot of wildlife that is usually seen in the surrounding canyon.
Facilities at Seven Falls
- Ponderosa Cafe – Open year round serving hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, snacks, ice cream, and more.
- Main Curio Shop – An Old West-themed gift shop.
- Bear Cubs Cave – Located at the base of the stairs, features children’s toys and apparel.
- Eagle’s Nest Shop – Located at the top of the elevator, features an assortment of rocks and crystals.
Address: 2850 South Cheyenne Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Hours: Summer 8:30am-10:30pm; Winter 9am-4:15pm