Rainbow Falls (Manitou Springs, Colorado)

Coordinates: 38°52′12″N 104°55′33″W / 38.87000°N 104.92583°W / 38.87000; -104.92583 (Rainbow Falls)
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Rainbow Falls
The falls beneath the Manitou Avenue overpass just before merging with HWY 24
Rainbow Falls (Manitou Springs, Colorado) is located in Colorado
Rainbow Falls (Manitou Springs, Colorado)
LocationEl Paso County, Colorado, USA
Coordinates38°52′12″N 104°55′33″W / 38.87000°N 104.92583°W / 38.87000; -104.92583 (Rainbow Falls)[1]
Total height45 feet (14 m)
Number of drops1
Longest drop45 feet (14 m)
WatercourseFountain Creek

Rainbow Falls (informally known as Graffiti Falls[2][3]) is a waterfall located on Fountain Creek in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The falls' plunge is located beneath a bridge that links Manitou Avenue to Highway 24.

The trailhead to the falls is located on a 180-degree bend on Serpentine Drive, about 12 mile (0.80 km) off of Highway 24 across from the entrance to the Cave of the Winds. The falls were closed in 2013 for improvement from the El Paso County Parks Department,[4] but have since reopened with a concrete walkway that snakes along the river.



  1. ^ "Rainbow Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  2. ^ Riley, Rachel (April 5, 2019). "Rainbow Falls to reopen after winter-long closure". Colorado Springs Gazette. Nicknamed "Graffiti Falls," the site has long been a popular spot for illegal spray-painting.
  3. ^ "Rainbow Falls". Atlas Obscura. it is better known as "Graffiti Waterfall" thanks to the ever present coat of alluring, yet illegal art that is painted on and around it.
  4. ^ "Rainbow Falls Rec Area closes for Summer". OurTriLakesNews.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14.

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