Colorado Springs is a wonderful getaway for families and anyone who enjoys the outdoors. There are so many things to do in Colorado Springs from hiking and visiting Pikes Peak to visiting old ghost towns and touring ancient caves.

The area also boasts four amazing waterfalls, where you can hike and enjoy a picnic as the water crashes beside you.

4 Most Photographed Waterfalls in Colorado Springs

Helen Hunt Falls
Helen Hunt Falls, Credit

Helen Hunt Falls, named after author Helen Hunt Jackson, is a popular hiking and picnic spot inside North Cheyenne Cañon that is a fairly easy 1-mile ascent ideal for families.

Seven Fall, Colorado Springs
Seven Falls, Credit

The Broadmoor Seven Falls is the only Colorado waterfall included on National Geographic’s list of international wonders. Take 224 steps up a magnificent series of waterfalls located in a 1,250-foot-wall box canyon. These steps lead to hiking trails and the banks of the glistening streams that feed the 181-foot drop of falling water at the falls. Nearby is Restaurant 1858 and the Soaring Adventure zip line.

St Mary's Falls
St. Mary’s Falls, Credit

St. Mary’s Falls are also located in North Cheyenne Cañon Park. It’s a moderate hike of about 3 miles up to the falls, beginning at the trailhead, which is past Helen Hunt Falls. Experienced hikers can continue along the trail that leads to Mount Rosa.

Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls, Credit

Rainbow Falls sits on Manitou Springs’ Fountain Creek. Now owned by El Paso County, it has seen extensive restoration with a parking area, trailhead, interpretive signs and picnic benches.


  • Lyn Mettler

    Lyn Mettler is a longtime travel writer for US News & World Report, USA Today 10Best and The TODAY Show who created Families Fly Free, a program which teaches families her simple system to use travel rewards to fly for free.

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