Rainbow Falls is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Manitou Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.5 miles
101 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

nature trips




[The park is closed completely from November through March.] The trailhead is 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.

2 months ago

Be aware: the site CLOSED in October 2018, and it won't re-open until April 2019, so don't take the time if it's not open! You can find info on if it's open or not at elpasoco.com.

Very Short hike: 0.3 miles max. Not digging the graffiti

4 months ago

It says closed, but I went on Saturday and it was open. It’s not really a hike but it was a beautiful spot for pictures. It’s definitely worth seeing.

4 months ago

It says that it opens in July but they are doing construction on it right now so it’s totally closed. Don’t drive 2 hours for it like we did.

7 months ago

Beautiful quick hike!

8 months ago

when you come please bring a trash bag :) trail is expected to open in July

8 months ago

Trail closed till July according to the sign at the trail head. So glad it was clearly posted before I drove over an hour to check it out

9 months ago

This trail is blocked by fences with posted "Danger - no trespassing" signs

Sunday, October 22, 2017

short hike but beautiful views if you like graffiti. I do so I really like this spot

Saturday, September 23, 2017

It's a nice walk. I'm not sure why people are disappointed in the length. It says .3 miles. That's exactly what it is.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Moderate? This wasn't even a hike.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

Friday, July 07, 2017

Very short. Also not diggin all the graffiti.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Trail is currently closed 05/28/17

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

It's aight.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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.

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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Short, contemplative space to spend some time in what feels like a local, bootstrapped art gallery.

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