Rainbow Falls - AKA Graffiti Falls
Rainbow Falls flows under a historic bridge built in the 1930's connecting Manitou Springs to Highway 24 on the old Ute Indian Trail. In the 1800's, the beautiful 25 foot falls was a tour and picnic destination for visitors to Manitou Springs, and those traveling Ute Pass.
But, for the past many years, Rainbow Falls has been a destination for graffiti mongers, and the once pristine area was littered with trash, drug paraphernalia, and empty spray paint cans.
A grass roots effort began in Manitou in 2005 to do something about the issue. The privately owned property was donated to the county in 2009, and in April 2011, El Paso County approved funding of 350-600,000 thousand dollars in lottery proceeds to return the area to it's former splendor, and recreate a place for families to come with their children to picnic and enjoy the beauty of the falls.
I had heard of "Graffiti Falls", but hadn't been there until now. I was overwhelmed and saddened by what I saw.
I don't think this was intention of the name 'Rainbow Falls'.
The graffiti continues down the creek and along the rock walls all the way to the parking lot.
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