El Paso County Parks has announced that the Rainbow Falls Historic Site will open to the public this summer and fall, beginning Saturday, June 3.
Rainbow Falls Historic Site will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of August. For the fall season, the site will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in September and October.
The Rainbow Falls Historic Site is located just west of Manitou Springs and includes a segment of the old Ute Pass wagon trail that provided access to the mining camps in Cripple Creek and Victor as well as access further west into the Colorado mountains.
The Board of El Paso County Commissioners unanimously approved reclassifying Rainbow Falls as an Historic Site in January 2017. By giving the popular five-acre site an historic designation, the County hopes to foster a change in the culture of park use from one of vandalism and graffiti to one of respect.
Commissioner Stan VanderWerf, whose district includes Manitou Springs and Ute Pass, is actively participating on the Rainbow Falls Historic Site Coalition that includes the City of Manitou Springs, Manitou Environmental Citizens Action, the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“I’m thrilled to announce our summer opening of Rainbow Falls.” said VanderWerf. “While we work together to continue improving this historic site our citizens will be able to enjoy it this year.”
El Paso County Parks has secured grants and local funding to complete nearly $450,000 in repairs and enhancements to the Rainbow Falls area after the site closes in October 2017. The projects include trail maintenance to the falls area, improved parking, additional bank stabilization, add a trail bridge across Fountain Creek, and other repairs.
The Manitou Environmental Citizens Action will coordinate a site cleanup at Rainbow Falls Historic Site on Saturday, June 3 beginning at 9 a.m. Please see https://www.facebook.com/RainbowFallsManitou for more information. Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves and water.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239