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Rainbow Falls reopens with limited Fall hours; county to remove graffiti

Rainbow Falls opens but with time restrictions

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - A historic site known for its natural beauty and man-made art opened back up near Manitou Springs this past weekend.

Rainbow Falls had been closed for construction but reopened with limited hours Saturday as part of the park's regular Fall schedule. 

The reason for the recent closure was to expand the parking lot, improve the trail system nearby, and to build a new plaza area. Security cameras were also installed to the park last year to help monitor visitation.

Todd Marts with the El Paso County Parks Division said, "right now, we're open on the weekends Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 and then it's closed during the week so that means a lot of people can come up in a short amount of time."

The park is closed completely from November through March. 

"There was a lot of parties, some drug use, and some vandalism, a lot of vandalism," Marts said, explaining the need for the additional security.

Rainbow Falls is also known for the graffiti that is painted through the entire trail. It's an attraction that some people visit to see.

Matthew Watson, a visitor there on Sunday said, "I think the graffiti kinda adds to it and I like the modern outfit."

However, the county will be working to eliminate it.

Marts said it will be a long process of removing the graffiti from the rocks and bridge that was built back in 1932. After several public meetings, he says many people wanted to the falls to look the way they did before the art.

The process of removing the graffiti won't start until the site is closed for the winter season.

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