Rainbow Falls

MODERATE 22 reviews

Rainbow Falls is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Manitou Springs, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
36 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

nature trips

walking

views

Falls hidden by a highway bridge and defaced by graffiti. The trailheads west from the switchback along the old road bed, then parallels Cascade Creek. The trail ends at the falls just beneath an overpass from highway 24. These falls have been nicknamed Graffiti Falls, and quite appropriately.

Not really a trail or hike. Its a quick 5 min walk to the falls which are under a bridge and covered with graffiti, which an attendant said they are painting over at some point, which will prob just give the artists a new, blank canvas to work on. Parking is limited in the summer, but attendants were on site and were helpful.

walking
18 days ago

Very cool place to just relax and enjoy something different. Not a long walk. Parking is very limited. But definitely enjoyable!

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Visited mid day on a Friday, and it was pretty crowded. The parking lot on site can't accommodate more than a handful of cars, and there were a number of people there climbing on the rocks or walking in the water. This is definitely a cool place, and the graffiti varies in quality. If you're in the area, it's worth the stop, but don't go out of your way for it.

Pretty easy walk, parking is limited & open M-S and closes by 4pm. You can actually walk behind the waterfall too!

1 month ago

Very short. Also not diggin all the graffiti.

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Disappointed because this "hike" is not really 2.4 miles as described. It's less than half a mile, maybe even less than a 1/4 mile. It's ok if you want to see beautiful rocks all graffitied ... I personally prefer to see the natural beauty untainted.

2 months ago

Trail is currently closed 05/28/17

3 months ago

It's aight.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

An old locals spot, got its name Rainbow falls from all the graffiti and sometimes beautiful art covering the inside of the bridge. Years ago the city tried to close off this little spot and threatened to give out tickets for graffiti but people never stopped tagging or visiting so they built a better path to the bridge and installed a bench. Not much of a hike less than 1 mile but if you want to see where the locals hang and some artistic ability this is a nice place.

5 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This is called Rainbow Falls. It has seen some cleanup and improvement to accessibility recently, but is closed while the exit ramp is repaired. Some believe that they can improve on Mother Nature with a spray can, and keep adding graffiti. It might have to do with the fact that the highway was put right over top of it years ago as though it had no value.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

As of May 2016, this was closed. Not sure if it's going to reopen.

Sunday, March 13, 2016