Sunday, June 26, 2016

Helen Hunt Falls

Helen Hunt Falls from the bridge above
Each year nearly 500,000 visitors venture into North Cheyenne Cañon Park, a 1,320 acre area owned by Colorado Springs. This beautiful area is west of the Broadmoor Hotel and a short trip from downtown.  It's long been a favorite destination of Springs residents for a quick get away. With so many visitors, I recommend coming midweek. On summer weekends it can be very crowded and difficult to find parking. For those new to the Springs, my other piece of advice would be to get there via Gold Camp Road. This rugged drive offers fantastic views and really gives you a sense of being far from civilization.

Cascade above Helen Hunt Falls
Helen Hunt Falls is located immediately behind the visitors center. Named for Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), a writer and activist for Native American causes, the waterfall is 35 feet tall. Depending on the time of year, the falls can be anywhere from a trickle to thunderous.
Silver Cascade Falls Trail

The Silver Cascade Trail crosses over a bridge above Helen Hunt Falls and takes visitors to an overlook of Silver Cascade Falls. This out-and-back trail is 0.3 miles long (each way), with lots and lots of steps.

For a description of the park and other trails in the area, click here.

View from Silver Cascade Falls Trail
Silver Cascade Falls from Gold Camp Road

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