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Seven Falls, Colorado Springs

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The Broadmoor Seven Falls is a series of seven cascading waterfalls of South Cheyenne Creek in South Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is a privately owned tourist attraction since it was opened in the early 1880s. Trails from the top of the falls lead to Midnight Falls, near the headwaters of South Cheyenne Creek, and Inspiration Point. The area sustained a significant flood in September 2013, which had closed Seven Falls until restoration was complete late Summer 2015 by The Broadmoor. The resort bought Seven Falls after it had been owned and operated by families since the 1880s.GeographySeven Falls is located in Colorado Springs along the Front Range. It is in a natural box canyon in South Cheyenne Cañon. The entrance to South Cheyenne Cañon is about 4.5mi southwest of downtown Colorado Springs on Cheyenne Boulevard. The South Cheyenne Cañon road to Seven Falls has been called "The Grandest Mile of Scenery" in Colorado. The falls are located in a 1,000ft granite canyon. Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Juniper, and Blue Spruce are found in the Seven Falls park.OverviewRock formationsJust inside the entrance to the Seven Falls property is the Pillars of Hercules, which are 900ft high from the floor of the canyon. Across from the Pillars of Hercules is the George Washington profile. At this point, the canyon walls are just 41ft apart.The fallsThe sum of the height of the seven falls is 181ft and there are a total of 224 steps on the staircase from the base of the falls to the peak. There is a wheel-chair accessible elevator—that bypasses 185 of the 224 steps—to the Eagle's Nest observation platform.
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  • Recommend NOT taking the tram up. Def better to walk the .8 of the mile up to the falls. It's beautiful and we saw deer in the woods during the walk. Great pic spots and the restaurant on property is ...  more »
  • We wanted to get to the falls without the shuttle since it was so busy that we waited over an hour but we weren't able to map them. They had at least 3 shuttles running the day we were there but it st...  more »
  • This was the 2nd visit to 7 Falls. We went during the day this time. The last visit was at night to see the fall lit up but the trails shut down on us so we went during the day and the experience was ...  more »
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  • This is a very beautiful sight. The two sets of stairs can be quite daunting not just by the number of stairs but they're steepness and they are a bit narrow. One set has an elevator but the set that actually leads up to the trails and higher Falls doesn't so be prepared to climb. I am not a fan of heights so it was a bit challenging for me but worth it once I got to the top. We walked a couple of the trails and it was very nice scenery. The trail leading to Inspiration Point is definitely moderate or harder depending on your definition. There is one spot in particular going up with loose gravel that is very narrow and sloped. It's not for the faint of heart. Again, though, the views at the top are definitely worth the trek. There are a couple of cute little gift shops there and there is a very nice restaurant. The food there was great but be warned it is pricey. They were very friendly though and more than happy to fill our water bottles halfway through our visit and before we had even decided to eat at the restaurant. There are plenty of restrooms along the road in. There is a more primitive one at first but if you continue on their are much nicer restroom so keep that in mind.
  • Absolutely loved it. Walk instead of taking the tram if you're able. It is beautiful. Beware. The first set of stairs to the bird's nest comes with an elevator with a cool walk up tunnel to the elevator. But the second set of stairs does not have an elevator. If you can only do one, walk the second and take the elevator for the first. The views are stunning. Took amazing pictures.
  • I cannot say enough amazing things about this place. Even if you can't hike up the 224 stairs, you can take a tram up to eagles nest and see the falls. There is a gourmet restaurant at the base of the falls. You can feed trout (a quarter for food) pan for "gold" (it's free) walk down the 0.8 miles back to the shuttle. We used a stroller the entire time and it was easy, a wheelchair might be hard though. There were bathrooms by eagles nest, several gift shops. We spent hours there and it was gorgeous. I didn't make it up the stairs, it is see through and it moves slightly.
  • Seven falls is amazing! Nature really can produce some wonderful sights! Be prepared for A LOT of stairs! I call it the stairway to heaven. Don't worry. It doesn't just end at the top. There are 2 one mile trails to hike for even more views to enjoy.
  • We were confused about this place at first, there's no information at the shuttle location so you need to park and ride to this beautiful spot. Check the website to ensure you are prepared unlike we were. On arrival we got the speech which includes very detailed instructions and explanations. Staff at the ticket booth and throughout this location are very eager to answer questions. However the restaurant is another situation all together, we are an interracial family and were treated as such, dismissal by staff, finally was sat after a lengthy wait with an almost empty restaurant and alot of staff who continued to walk by us dismissively. We were not given any menus, no drink order taken no waitress, we left after we saw the haste they sat the Caucasian families with and provided menus, how quickly their drink orders were taken. We left the restaurant and proceeded to the gift shop, bought drinks and to my great pleasure the rest of the park staff were amazing, the experience was phenomenal, the kids ages 7,5, and 1 enjoyed the climb, the altitude didn't affect us and at the top of those stairs....my God it's beautiful. We will return but not to the restaurant.

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