“The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado” |Seven Falls|
What do you do in Colorado? Well duh, you hike! I’m certainly no professional hiker, but this past weekend my husband and I decided to get out and explore Seven Falls and a little of the National Natural Landmark, Garden of the Gods. We had an absolute blast and were once again just blown away at how truly beautiful this part of the country is. Today I wanted to share our experience at Seven Falls.
Just as you might guess, Seven Falls is a string of seven waterfalls at the end of what is called “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado” and I would have to agree. The mile hike is mainly black top, but there are parts that you can step off and get close to the creek. The water is crystal clear and looks clean enough to drink.
So calm and peaceful.
Seven Falls is also dog-friendly, as long as they are on a leash and they even have dog waste posts that provide you with waste bags.
If you haven’t gotten your blood pumping once you reach the base of the waterfalls, you will once you venture to the top via a 224 step staircase! I had to stop and take a break a few times just to catch my breath.
Do not skip out on the stairs!
If you’re afraid of heights, I certainly understand, but if you can, just look forward and push through it, the view at the top is incredible and absolutely worth it!
Each of the falls has their own name, Bridal Veil, Feather, Hill, Hull, Ramona, Shorty, Weime, but not in that order.
Alright, so you’ve walked “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado” and you somehow made it to the top of the stairs and you’re probably thinking that’s it, but that’s not all! There are two trails that you can take once you reach the top of the falls. Inspiration point, which is a one-mile hike that takes about an hour or so round trip. Inspiration point was said to be favored by Helen Hunt Jackson and inspired her poetry. It was her wish to be buried there and originally she was.
The second trail, Midnight falls is a little shorter only taking around half an hour and leads to, you guessed it, another waterfall. Both of these trails are open from May through October until 7pm.
We got real crazy,climbed these rocks and ate a lunch that we packed. I have to say it was relaxing to sit in the middle of nature and enjoy a good ole PB&J!
Now that I have told you all about how awesome Seven Falls is, let me tell you that I slacked and did not do my research before going on this adventure. There are a few things that I wish I would have known.
- Parking options are limited. After damage from the flood in 2013, the Broadmoor bought Seven Falls in April of 2014 and planned to re-open in 2015, which now requires you to park at the hotel and catch a shuttle to the park. If you are visiting on a weekend I would recommend coming early so that you will not have to wait a long time to catch the shuttle.
- Believe it or not, there are even more things to do at this park. We did not know that Seven Falls offered zip lining until we got to the top of the waterfall and seen the wires. You can take the Soaring Adventure which includes 10 zip lines that range from 300 feet to 1,800 feet. You can also experience more hiking, rope bridges, and a controlled rappel that allows you to see breathtaking views of the canyon.
- As I told you before, we packed a delicious lunch that consisted of PB&J and potato chips. I did not know that there is a restaurant called “Restaurant 1858”. The menu looks a bit limited but does include Bison Burger and Trout, which are both on my list of things to eat here in Colorado.
- Lastly, the cost to get into the park is $14.00 for adults and $8.00 for children over the age of 2.
Part of me wishes that I would have done my research so that I would have gotten to experience all that Seven Falls has to offer, but that just means I will have to make another trip out to visit, which is fine by me! I hope you enjoyed reading about our experience at Seven Falls. If you would like more information, visit The Broadmoor Seven Falls website.