This splendid waterfall is only a handful of miles from the city of Colorado Springs, but it feels like a million. From North Cheyenne Canon park, follow the closed Gold Camp Road around a partially collapsed tunnel and after 1 mile turn right on the Buffalo Creek trail, from which it’s only .7 miles to the base of the falls.
- You might be tempted to just take in the falls from the bottom, but it’s only a 15-minute (albeit steeply uphill) hike to the top, with a panoramic vista well worth the walk.
- For a truly epic adventure, pack a lunch and continue past the falls 4 more miles to the summit of 11,499-foot Mount Rosa, the third highest peak in the Colorado Springs skyline.
- The upper parking lot at North Cheyenne Canon can fill on busy days, so park slightly below at the Helen Hunt Falls trailhead if there are no spots.
Recommended season(s): Late spring to early summer for the most water flow.
—R. Scott Rappold