Hike Seven Falls with Kids in Colorado Springs

Seven Falls Hike is more than just a hike—it’s an experience! While staying at The Broadmoor Hotel, we were fortunate to adventure over to Seven Falls for a day hike. There are many hiking trails to be found around The Broadmoor, but Seven Falls is definitely the most popular choice. I was initially worried that I would be turned off by the commercialization since it has trams, gift shops, stairs, an elevator, and luxuries that I typically don’t expect (or want) on a hike. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this hike and we really enjoyed this excursion! While it does have all of those amenities that I mentioned, there is a lot of solitude and nature to be found on the trails just beyond the falls. I would think of this outing in two parts. There is the “attraction” at the beginning, which is itself is breathtaking, but is more commercialized. Then, there is the optional Seven Falls hike to Midnight Falls and/or Inspiration Point if you are looking for a true “hike.” You can choose to make this hike as short or as long as you would like but I highly recommend continuing beyond the falls! Below is our route, some recommendations, tips, and trail alternatives so you can make a solid plan before your visit.

Thank you to The Broadmoor Hotel for hosting us, all opinions are my own. Be sure to check out my full post on an Adventure Family’s Guide to The Broadmoor Hotel.

Seven Falls Pin

While this hike is open to the public and you do not need to be a Broadmoor guest to experience this, there are a few perks you receive by being a guest. As a guest you can ride a shuttle directly from the hotel, as opposed to lining up for the public offsite shuttle. The public shuttle runs from the Norris Penrose event center. You also get free access to the tram ride within the gated boundaries if you would like a ride from the gate to the base of the falls (shaves off 0.5 miles of walking one way). As a guest, you can purchase your tickets at The Broadmoor before arriving so you don’t need to wait in (the long) line at the ticket booth and instead can start hiking as soon as you arrive!


  • Location: Seven Falls Hike is located in South Cheyenne Canyon Park at the junction of Mesa Ave and S Cheyenne Canyon Rd in Colorado Springs
  • Miles: We hiked a total of 4.5 miles—walked 0.5 miles from the park entrance to the waterfalls, climbed the first set of stairs to view the falls, rode the elevator down, climbed up the main waterfall stairs, hiked 2 miles roundtrip to Inspiration Point, took small side trail hike to Midnight Falls, and then walked back to the entrance gate.
  • Elevation gain: 1500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Type: Out and back
  • Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes or moving time and 2 hours and 15 minutes of total time (ice cream celebratory treat at the base of the falls!).
  • Dog friendly: Yes, though consider whether your pup is able to climb the steeps waterfall stairs
  • Bathrooms at trailhead: Yes and no. The first bathroom is a 15 minute walk from the entrance gate and you can’t get there without a ticket. There is also a bathroom at the base of the falls.
  • Picnic tables at trailhead: Yes
  • Stroller Friendly: Yes, for a portion. You would be able to get a stroller to the base of Seven Falls and up the elevator to the viewpoint, but the trails at the top of the waterfalls are not stroller friendly.
  • Hours: During the summer, Seven Falls is open Thursday through Monday. Visit their website for specific seasonal hours or closures for inclement weather.
  • Parking: You are not able to park at the trailhead, so your options are to shuttle from The Broadmoor Hotel (if you are a resort guest), or to shuttle from the Norris Penrose Event Center at 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. The shuttles are free.
  • Cost: $16.50 for adults, $10.50 for kids (2 years and under are free)
  • Reservations Required: No. Tickets are not reservable in advance and can be purchased at the gate upon arrival. The line gets (for non-hotel visitors) long so I recommend getting on the earliest shuttle.
  • Map: You can see the trail options and the amenities in this map of Seven Falls from The Broadmoor.
Boy at top of Inspiration Point



The first portion of the hike is a 0.5 mile walk on a paved road from the entrance gate to the base of the waterfalls and is dubbed “the grandest mile of scenery in Colorado.” While this is a relatively flat road (with an optional tram ride), it does have stunning scenery as you are winding at the base of towering box canyon walls. It’s also fun to look up ahead and watch the lucky patrons of The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure ziplining overhead.

Girl on bridge at Seven Falls
Kids playing at the creek
View in box canyon


At 0.5 miles you will reach the falls. This hike is named appropriately after the seven cascading waterfalls that fall 181 feet. The best viewing area of the falls is at the Eagle’s Nest Lookout. We climbed the 185 steps up the lookout, but you can also ride the elevator to the top. We rode the elevator down so we could get experience of walking through the cave.

Seven Falls Hike at The Broadmoor
Boy in cave
family in front of Seven Falls


There are 224 steps to the top of the falls. As you climb up the falls, each one is labeled with their name so it’s a fun game with the kids to count the falls (or the steps!). The steps felt very sturdy, but they are steep and skinny!

Kids climbing the stairs at Seven Falls
Selfie at the falls
Man climbing up Seven Falls


Once you get to the top of the falls, it is a 2 mile roundtrip hike to Inspiration Point. This portion of the hike is what makes it a “moderate” hike versus the easy paved stroll below. The trail quickly gains elevation as it switchbacks to the top. The kids were moaning a bit and we had to use some tricks of what to do when your kids do not want to hike. The views at the top made the effort worth it!

boy hiking
Girl hiking to Inspiration Point at Seven Falls
Girl on hike at Seven Falls


Before heading down the Seven Falls steps, I recommend a quick jaunt over to Midnight Falls. If you are seeking a shorter hike, I would recommend skipping Inspiration Point and keeping it a “Falls Only” event. In that case, definitely don’t miss Midnight Falls. It’s a smaller falls, but it’s an easy trail and the base of the falls as a sandy bottom and a nice spot to dip your toes in peace.



If you are a fraid of heights, this is where you will feel it. I occasionally get a little squirrely with heights, but this surpringly didn’t phase me. I was enamored by the unique perspective of looking down at the waterfalls and we stepped back down the 224 steps.

View from top of falls
Climbing down the stairs
Walking down the stairs


Since we felt good about our hiking for the day, we considered riding the tram down the road back to the gate. We rewarded the kids with ice cream from the Rock Hound’s Gift Shop while we waiting for the tram. This is also where you can purchase the $2 tram ride (complimentary for hotel guests). The tram is not meant to drive all passengers so there is only one running, which makes the line long. After Choco Tacos were devoured, we decided to walk back down.

Girl at Seven Falls



  • Breathtaking waterfalls in a unique setting
  • Feeling of accomplishment after climbing the stairs
  • Beautiful scenery from below in the canyon
  • Epic views at the top of Inspiration Point
  • Creek to explore in the valley
  • Fun “extras” like feeding trout at the base of the falls and getting ice cream while on the hike!


  • Heavily trafficked
  • Has a touristy feel (but just go beyond the falls and you’ll leave that behind!)
  • Steep steps could be scary for kids or parents with a fear of heights
Family at the top of Inspiration Point


  • Start early to avoid long lines at the entrance (and at the shuttle)!
  • Watch the weather as lightning and thunderstorms can roll in, especially in the afternoons and you do not want to be climbing on medal stairs next to water while there is lightning nearby!
  • If you are capable, walk the path to the falls instead of tram so you can stop at the creek or take pictures in the canyon along the way.
  • This excursion can take a half day, so check out what to pack for a hike with kids so you have all of the day hike essentials. Be sure to bring sunscreen! WE FORGOT and there was no sunscreen in the gift shop.
  • Stay on designated trails and be careful in the water areas above the falls as the rocks are very slippery. Obey rules of no wading in the water!
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles!
  • Teach your kids these first 5 things about hiking before you hit the trail!

While you’re in the Colorado Springs area, be sure to check out the strenuous Manitou Incline or the laidback and colorful Paint Mine Interpretive Park. Happy hiking!



  1. MsKorang

    Haven’t done the seven falls yet, I hope too soon. Thanks for this, I am always so concerned about taking my little ones anywhere, especially when I don’t know what to expect.

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      It definitely helps to know what to expect and share with the kids!

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      Something for everyone!

  2. danielle nieman

    I love your pictures! I almost felt I was there while I was reading. Thank you for sharing all of this great info. I love to hike, and this looks perfect.

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      Thank you so much! Glad you found it helpful. Hope you can make it to Seven Falls one day!

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      Colorado has so many fun finds!

  3. Kendra

    Seven Falls is one of our favorites!

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      That’s awesome! We will definitely go back!

  4. elizabeth

    Man, I lived in Colorado Springs for 6 years and I never went! (I even lived in the Broadmoor area for a few of those year) When we visit family next time I’ll have to schedule a visit. We’ll most likely be down during the holiday season, they have Christmas lights up at that time, right?

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      Isn’t that crazy how that can happen! Hopefully when you come for a visit you can make it up there. Yes, I did hear they light it up at night but I haven’t heard about the holidays. That would be amazing!

  5. Cindy Moore

    What an amazing hike! And those views….

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      It was a toss up between the waterfalls and the views for me! Both amazing!

  6. Alicia

    Whoa! This looks amazing. Definitely going on my list of places I have to visit.

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      Oh good! Let me know if you have any questions before your visit!

  7. Marianne

    Just wow! Looks like an absolutely fabulous place to hike! Will add Seven Falls to my list!

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      It’s a Colorado gem! Highly recommend!

  8. Kiera Gosse

    Those steps! wow! Thanks for the non-touristy option beyond the falls!

    • raisinghikers_Kristin

      Of course! That was my favorite part.

  9. Tiffany

    Thanks for mentioning the stairs for dogs and the parking situation! We’ve encountered surprise obstacles for our dogs and it much easier when we are prepared 😅

  10. Stephanie

    Looks like a great moderate hike that’s enjoyable for a lot of abilities. Inspiration Point looked really cool! Yet another one to happily add to my list!

  11. Suzan

    I have an affinity for waterfalls & this hike looks amazing!

  12. Erin

    I am so very thrilled that you include your kids on such lengthy hikes. It’s so very good for them! People often comment about how much hiking we do when we’re on vacation. I think it’s just the greatest! And your pictures are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing all about Seven Falls. We’ve traveled (from Nashville) to Colorado twice in two years and absolutely LOVE IT! We will definitely have to return outside of snow skiing season (although we always hike in the winter too).

  13. Sabrina

    I would love to hike to see waterfalls. The pictures are awesome. This is a place I would really like to see. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Sabrina DeWalt

    Based on your photos, I would say my honey would definitely not be comfortable with this hike. I’m sure he’ll do it with me when we get back there, but he won’t be thrilled about it.

  15. Tammy Horvath

    Wow. I am afraid of heights too. I’m surprised you didn’t get scared. Maybe you were just distracted. I’m willing to try anything, but sometimes I don’t succeed. This place looks amazing.

  16. Terra Booth

    Seven Falls looks like a stunning hike! What beautiful scenery!

  17. Cindy

    WOW! This looks incredible. Definitely a place I want to go.


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