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Hiking Helen Hunt Falls

Colorado Springs, nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. There is no shortage of natural beauty to explore, with many hiking trails, towering peaks, and scenic vistas. One of these scenic views is Helen Hunt Falls, a stunning waterfall accessible via a short but exhilarating hike, and one of the best places to experience this beauty.

Helen Hunt Falls is a 35-foot waterfall that cascades down a rocky canyon wall in North Cheyenne Canyon Park, just a few miles from downtown Colorado Springs. The falls are named after Helen Hunt Jackson, a well-known writer and advocate for Native American rights who visited the area frequently in the late 19th century.

My co-worker and I parked at the bottom of the canyon and hiked up the 0.3-mile trail to the falls. Although there are some steep sections and rocky terrain, the trail is well-maintained and relatively easy. I even hiked the trail in just an old pair of slip-on Sketchers loafers with ease. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the canyon and surrounding mountains along the way.

We arrived at the base of Helen Hunt Falls at the end of the trail. The waterfall's sight and sound are truly breathtaking, and you choose to take a moment to simply enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Several additional trails branch off from the main trail and lead deeper into the forest for those looking for a more strenuous hike. (We were not.)

A trip to Helen Hunt Falls is a must-do when visiting Colorado Springs, regardless of your hiking ability or experience. It's the ideal destination for anyone looking to experience the great outdoors, thanks to its stunning natural beauty and easy accessibility.

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