MANITOU SPRINGS — Rainbow Falls in Manitou Springs precedes the city itself, and El Paso County Parks and Recreation wants to teach the community about the area's special history.
El Paso County Parks and Rec actually hosts a geology and history class about the falls. Unfortunately, those spots are full for now, but there is a public waterfall viewing opportunity on February 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thanks to Theresa Odello, the Recreation Coordinator with El Paso County Recreation and Cultural Services, I learned Rainbow Falls was home to the Ute Indians back in the late 1800's. The Sun Mountain tribe actually named the 53-foot waterfall because of the rainbow mist they saw around it. This area was also a popular rest stop during the gold rush. Another fun fact: The bridge over Fountain Creek was built in 1932 it is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. So, there is a rich history for the community to learn about.
"With the population of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region just growing incrementally, it is so important to learn about the natural wonders around and what makes this area so special!" Odello said.