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Rainbow Falls Historic Site to reopen in June

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - A hot spot for exploring in El Paso County is finally reopening to the public. 

El Paso County Parks announced on Wednesday that it will be open for the summer and fall starting June 3. 

The public will be able to check it out on in the summer on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of August. For the fall season, the site will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in September and October.

The Rainbow Falls Historic Site is located just west of Manitou Springs and includes a segment of the old Ute Pass wagon trail that provided access to the mining camps in Cripple Creek and Victor as well as access further west into the Colorado mountains.  

El Paso County Parks has secured grants and local funding to complete nearly $450,000 in repairs and enhancements to the Rainbow Falls area after the site closes in October 2017.  The projects include trail maintenance to the falls area, improved parking, additional bank stabilization, add a trail bridge across Fountain Creek, and other repairs.

The Manitou Environmental Citizens Action will coordinate a site cleanup at Rainbow Falls Historic Site on Saturday, June 3 beginning at 9 a.m. Please see for more information. Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves and water.

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