Seven Falls Hike in Colorado Springs - Day Hikes Near Denver

September 10, 2016 Comments (0) 1-2 Miles, 2-3 Miles, About 90 Min, Bluff Top Views, Canyon, Easy, hikes near colorado springs, Mile or Less, Waterfalls

Seven Falls Hike in Colorado Springs

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The hike to Seven Falls in Colorado Springs follows a paved canyon trail 0.8 mile to this famous tiered waterfall. After severe damage by the floods in 2013, the Broadmoor Resort purchased the property and has made significant improvements, including trail and site repairs, as well as creating an on-site restaurant. As in the past, there is an access fee to this Colorado Springs attraction. Explore the full Seven Falls hike profile for 4 different hike options, driving directions, trail map, and tips for making the most of your trip to Seven Falls.


Trail Snapshot: Seven Falls in Colorado Springs

  • Hike Distance: 0.4 to 3 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: Less than 1 hr up to 4 hours
  • Trail Type: Out & Back and Loop Option
  • Seasons: Year Round
  • Dogs: Allowed On Leash
  • Hike Trail Map: Click for a Map of Seven Falls Colorado Springs
  • Denver Drive Time: 1 hr 20 min
  • Driving Directions to The Broadmoor East Parking Lot: Click for Google Map
  • Fee: $14 Entry for Adults, $8 for Children
  • Town Nearest Hike: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Beauty: Waterfall, canyon, creek.
  • Activities: Hiking, photography, Zipline Tours


Parking & Trailhead Information for Seven Falls

Since purchased by the Broadmoor, the hike to Seven Falls begins at the east parking area at 6 Lake Street in Colorado Springs. Visitors then take the free shuttle to the Seven Falls entrance. From here, it’s a 0.8 mile (one-way) hike through the canyon up to Seven Falls. Visitors have the option of taking a $1 tram service to the base of the falls; however, the tram is prioritized for those who are have physical limitations that may prevent them from making the journey up to the falls and back. So, on busy days, availability may be limited.

Driving Directions for Seven Falls: Take I-25 to exit 140 for Nevada Avenue. Go right/south onto Nevada Avenue, take a right to go west on Lake Street. Turn right/north onto 1st street. The parking area will be on the right.



Fee: While parking itself is free of charge for patrons, there is a fee required to visit Seven Falls. At the time of this posting, the fee for visiting Seven Falls is $14 for adults and $8 for children. For the most up-to-date prices and hours, contact the Seven Falls Office at 1-855-923-7272.

The Hike: Seven Falls Trail in Colorado Springs

There are 4 Different hike options for visitors to Seven Falls in Colorado Springs.

#1 – Initial hike from the ticket area to the base of Seven Falls

Visitors to Seven Falls can walk the 0.8 mile paved trail from the entrance to the base of the falls. The paved, private road winds through South Cheyenne Canyon and under the shadows cast by the Pillars of Hercules, a set of twin rock towers that soar nearly 1000 feet above the floor of the canyon.

At the base of the the waterfall, you can choose to take the staircase of 224 steps that provide both an opportunity to view the unique segments of this tiered waterfall and give visitors access to the 3 hikes above Seven Falls.

At the falls, visitors can also take an elevator to an observation point.


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#2 – Midnight Falls Loop Hike

After climbing the steps to the area above Seven Falls, a short 0.35 mile trail leads south along Cripple Creek to another small waterfall, Midnight Falls. Round trip, this hike takes approximately 30 minutes and is a total distance out-and-back of 0.7 mile.

#3 – Inspiration Point Out-and-Back Hike

Once above the Falls, visitors will follow the Midnight Falls Trail until its first intersection with the Inspiration Point Trail. Taking a left onto the Inspiration Point Trail, it will lead east, then north to the Helen Hunt Jackson Memorial and to the Inspiration Point observation area. Here, hikers can take in views of the Great Plains as they stretch out to the East and of views of the city of Colorado Springs below. The hike to Inspiration Point is about 1.5 mile round-trip, and takes approximately one hour to complete from the top of the falls.

#4 – Stage Road Loop Hike

A longer loop hike that visits both Inspiration Point and Midnight Falls can be created by following the route above to Inspiration Point. After visiting Inspiration Point, hikers would continue south then east on the Sunrise trail, which intersects with the Old Stage Road at approximately 1 mile into the hike.

Going right on the Old Stage road, it will wind south, then will make its way west to where it will intersect with the Inspiration Point Trail (on the right/north side of the road). The Old Stage Road segment is approximately 1 mile.

The Inspiration Point trail will lead North back towards Seven Falls. After about 1/2 a mile on on the Inspiration Point Trail, hikers will see the short spur trail on the left that leads to Midnight Falls. After visiting Midnight falls, this loop hike can be completed by following the Midnight Falls trail back to the steps above Seven Falls. The total distance for this loop hike ends up being approximately 3 miles. Because Seven Falls has posted closing times, hikers should budget enough time for this longer hike so that they are able to make it back for the last shuttle to the parking area.

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Tips & Resources for Hiking to Seven Falls in Colorado Springs

  • Expect Crowds in Summer and on Weekends: Because Seven Falls is a popular tourist destination, it can become quite crowded on weekends and during the vacation season of Mid-May through Labor Day Weekend.
  • Operating Hours Vary: The open and close times, as well as shuttle service, varies during different seasons. Inclement weather can also close Seven Falls, so be sure to call ahead for hours 1-855-923-7272.
  • Trail Map for Seven Falls in Colorado Springs: Trail Map Link
  • Packing List: Always pack the 10 Essentials. Download our Hiking Guide to get the list and dayhiking packing checklist.
  • Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
  • Photo: We would like to express our gratitude to Tim Caynes for sharing the above photograph of Seven Falls in Colorado Springs.
  • After the Hike: Restaurant 1858 at Seven Falls: The lunch menu is more than what you might pay at a similar place in town, but quality of food and beautiful location make it worth it. Dinner menu is more expensive. No dogs, except service animals, allowed at the restaurant.


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