Rainbow Falls - AKA Graffiti Falls

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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'.

Rainbow Falls - AKA "Graffiti Falls" Manitou Springs

 

Rainbow Falls - AKA "Graffiti Falls" Manitou Springs

 

Rainbow Falls - AKA "Graffiti Falls" Manitou Springs


The graffiti continues down the creek and along the rock walls all the way to the parking lot.

 

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Anonymous #18
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We can help - LEED Signs can remove Graffiti.
We can remove Graffiti.
May 23, 2011 07:23 PM
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We are located in Florida . But we travel Ask for Lenny or Wayne
May 23, 2011 07:26 PM
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KS

Hello Mrs. Boucher,

I agree that the deplorable state of graffiti falls is maddening but for a different reason than your own. I'm from out of town, and when I visited manitou, I heard a rumor of a place that was a tagger's paradise, which of course I immediately tried to find. When I got there I was shocked at the terrible graffiti and started questioning what sort of respectable graffiti artist would put something like this up. So as I got more integrated into the local community I found out that the majority of the artwork is not done by hardcore taggers but by juveniles just trying something new. The name "graffiti falls" attracts the kids, I've seen it plenty of times that people that have nothing to do with artwork or graffiti come along to put their name up in the falls just because they can. I guess what I'm trying to get at is that don't judge the graffiti community because of this. There's probably only about three to four real taggers that use graffiti falls, if you make a trip down there once every two weeks you can see the competetion between these people. Granted that was last year, I haven't being in the state for a while.

And another thing, graffiti didn't ruin the place, that bridge did. Until that bridge is gone, I think the manitou springs community is wasting their money trying to fix up the place.

June 18, 2011 08:48 PM
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Hello KS,

I appreciate you weighing in on this subject, and your respectful way of doing so. I would agree - 99% of what I saw there was badly done, and the use of foul language makes it even more deplorable. I have in places seen grafitti that I considered to be beautiful artwork. It always begged the question, if a person had such talent, why would they waste it defacing public and private property that cost tax payers and private property owners millions of dollars each year to remove? My suggestion: Use their own homes and property as the canvas on which to display their art, not the property of others from whom no permission was granted.

As to the bridge, while it IS in bad condition and in need of repair, it is also historical, and IMHO, it's condition does not determine whether or not taggers have a right to deface it and the rock walls surrounding the falls. 

 

June 19, 2011 10:42 AM
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Hi Debi,  Interesting phenomenon that has occurred at this location.  It looks very colorful from a distance.  Yet it is hard to see property defaced like this.   Many many years from now, with continued exposure to the elements what will this grafitti be transformed into? Still something undesireable or something that becomes more of interest to people not from this time period?

Gloria

July 26, 2011 10:56 PM
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