Yep, after hitting up the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo last week with some dear colleagues, we decided another tourist trap was on our list....Seven Falls.
I say tourist trap due to the fact that this waterfall and adjoining park, while beautiful, is privately run. Which means, well, I cannot help thinking that it might be better run if it were held by the auspices of National Park Services or the like.
Many sites in our area were all held as attractions for the only 5 star hotel in our state--the BROaDMOOR. Currently, they are hosting the Senior Open. They eventually sold all the attractions (the zoo, the cog, these falls) to private investors and, well, they have become mini amusement parks. However, there is little spark or flare and the natural beauty sometimes gets swallowed up.
Did we have a good time? Yes and no.
When I found the pipe that pumps the water to the top of the falls so that a drought never effects the view, well, something tugged in me.
But hopefully, the beauty will shine forth for you all!
The entrance and the dashboard. Excitin' ain't it?
Okay, there's a system here. Every parking place is numbered, for there's only one road in and out of this box canyon. And there's only one bathroom---that's the shack over there. Of course, you don't actually have to go the bathroom when you arrive, but when you hear "that's the only bathroom before you head in..." you suddenly find the urge.
Not sure if you know the history of the area, but Pikes Peak is what helped people find Colorado Springs. It's a 'fourteener' right at the front of the Rocky Mountains--instead further into the range. So as such, it sticks out and naturally draws the eye to Colorado Springs. This is small diorama set up along side the canyon.
A shot of the north side of the canyon. Rock slides are common and if there's any lightening, get into your car!
Here you can see the Great American Bear heading into the box with the rock surface in the distance. This is one of three gift shops. I'd like to say they took a nod from Disney---but this attraction has been here in some form since the late 1800s (or so they claim, the falls have been here forever, tho--the Native Americans felt them to have healing properties). Notice the dam to the left. To build the gift shop they had to dam up the creek/river.
Then they stock it with...
Trout. You can feed the buggers if you are so inclined. But they are so overfed, they usually watch the food you bought from the quarter machines sink to the bottom of the pool.
Normally, they would not be found up here and no, you can't fish for them. The dam and trout pond serve a more nefarious purpose. The fake pond supplies the water back up to the top of the falls.
Next up? The actual falls!