Seven Falls

Seven Falls has long been a popular Colorado attraction. People have been coming to see this dramatic series of waterfalls cascading down the steep granite walls of the South Cheyenne Canyon since the late 1800s. Back in the early days, the falls and the surrounding land were part of a scenic resort of sorts. Before the time of cars and such, visitors would typically arrive via a horse-drawn vehicle or by way of horseback, burro, or donkey. These days, visitors can drive to the Seven Falls site, and there is even an elevator that carries people up to the best viewing area – the Eagle’s Nest Observation Platform.

The address for Seven Falls is 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, Colorado Springs. The drive out from downtown Colorado Springs only takes about 15 minutes, and the falls are only five minutes from the renowned Broadmoor Hotel. Though a major city and a popular hotel are so close by, Seven Falls visitors will start feeling the major aspects of civilization slipping away once they enter the South Cheyenne Canyon and make their way closer to the falls themselves. Steep cliffs and pine trees largely characterize the landscape, and there are plenty of interesting rock formations to admire. Of course, the main sight to admire are the falls. The seven different waterfall sections of Seven Falls essentially combine into one singular waterfall that drops an impressive 181 feet. A 224-step stairway that was attached to the granite walls on one side of the falls provides visitors with an interesting way to take in the views.

Seven Falls is essentially open every day of the year. It only closes on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Day. Hours vary from season to season. During a visit to the attraction, visitors can do more than just admire the falls. There are educational exhibits to take in, and the resident wildlife often presents good opportunities for wildlife viewing. Seven Falls visitors can also interest themselves in the self-guided audio tours, and during the summer season, and hike on the two different Seven Falls hiking trails. Summer also presents visitors with the opportunity to see Native American dancers, weather permitting. Admission fees apply for all Seven Falls visitors who are over the age of six, and pets are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash. Public restrooms are located at the base of the falls. Other facilities include a cafe and curio/gift shops. As for other major attractions to enjoy while in the area, they include, but aren’t limited to, Pikes Peak, the Cave of the Winds, and the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

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