Colorado Springs, CO, Monday, August 13, 2012 – El Paso County Parks has reopened the main parking area and a portion of the trail system at Rainbow Falls Recreation Area. The site has been closed due to damage from recent storms.
Park users will have access to a portion of the main trail, creek side trail and picnic areas. The trail back to the falls will remain closed until further notice due to the significant damage to the trail.
"We are pleased to reopen a portion of Rainbow Falls to allow our citizens access to this popular recreation site." said Commissioner Sallie Clark who represents the area. "We are working collaboratively with other agencies to assess the damage to the falls trail and will be determining the best method to restore the trail".
Members of the El Paso County Park Advisory Board toured the recreation area on Saturday to see the storm damage and restoration project. A clean up of the area is still planned on September 8 from 9 a.m. to noon in partnership with Manitou Environmental Citizens Action (MECA). Volunteers are encouraged to participate.
El Paso County assumed ownership of the Rainbow Falls site in 2010 and has worked collaboratively with MECA, City of Manitou Springs, Colorado Department of Transportation, and a variety of other partners to restore the site. A major effort has been made to control graffiti and vandalism issues at the site with law enforcement issuing more than 70 citations over the past several months.
El Paso County Parks manages more than 6,000 acres of parkland and 100 miles of trails.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239