Aug 06

Seven Falls – Colorado Springs

All Seven FallsMy wife and I really like go see waterfalls, so whenever we go on vacation we try to search for a water fall that is in that area.  Through our travels we have seen some really nice falls and there are many more on our bucket list that we want to see.  Of course, there are two ends of the spectrum when it comes to waterfalls.  Some are completely tucked away in nature seen by only a few people,  you also have the over commercialized and super visited waterfalls and then there are places like Seven Falls near Colorado Springs which comes somewhere in between.
View from the top

Like a lot of attractions in mountainous areas, the majority pretty much boil down to being tourist traps.  Some of these tourist traps are worth visiting while others are just a waste of money.  We both feel that Seven Falls in Colorado is worth a visit if you are going on a date or you and your significant other are getting time away from the kids.  It is not a bad place to take the kids especially those that have no fear of heights, but if you have a large family the price of admission might be a little steep.
224 Steps

Seven Falls is set up to offer wonderful views one of which is accessed by a short elevator ride or they are both accessed by stairs.  Boy there are a lot of stairs, one of the climbs is 224 steps to the top.  So, if you are not used to the altitude you might want to take it easy.  At night they light the waterfall up with specialized colorful lights and during the summertime there are traditional Native American dancers there throughout the day.
7 Falls

The drive into the park is very nice.  It is about a mile long winding road that is very narrow surrounded by steep tree lined granite walls.  Once you make it to the parking lot the employees give you a card with a number representing where to park and from there you will begin your short walk to the falls.  There is a small reservoir where there are large trout you can a feed.  The reservoir water is also used to be pumped down the falls so the falls are always full and flowing which I am sure makes the light show at night a lot better.  There is also a gift shop and small café where they sell hot dogs, hamburgers, and BBQ sandwiches.  The café is right across from the stage from the Native American dancers.
Seven Falls

If you decide to go to Seven Falls make sure you walk to the top of the falls and take the short hiking trails at the top.  Remember that this is bear and mountain lion territory so be alert and take proper precautions.  The first time we were at Seven Falls a mother black bear and two cubs walked right in front of our car, which I think is one the primary reasons my wife likes this area so much.  The most recent time we were there the wildest creatures we saw were a band of chipmunks that we hand fed, which is probably now her second favorite reason for going to Seven Falls.
Feeding the Chipmunks

If you are in the area and looking for something to do for a couple of hours then Seven Falls can fill your need.  It is a bit pricey for what it is, but the Native American dancers put on a good show and the waterfall is pretty neat to look at even though it is not 100% natural all the time.  The walking trails are well maintained but just ok scenic wise.  So overall, if you have a few extra bucks to burn in your wallet or purse then Seven Falls is worth a visit.  If you are vacationing on a budget just go over to the free Garden of the Gods public park.
Seven Falls Trail

Seven Falls
Located at 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road
Hours of Operation Daytime Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Evening Hours are 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Cost of Admission as of 2011 Daytime Hours for Adults is $9.25 and Children aged 6 to 15 are $5.75 Evening Hours for Adults is $10.75 and Children aged 6-15 are $6.75
For more information check out their website at http://www.sevenfalls.com/home/index.cfm

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  1. freda phillips

    Very pretty. We were there several years ago and chose to see it from afar. We thought it was very impressive but a bit pricey for a family of 6 also the stairs looked a little intimidating for little girls. Glad you got to go.

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