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Helen Hunt Falls

An easy hike on the South Side of Cheyenne Canyon

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Duration: 1 hour or less
Family Friendly • Dog Friendly
Overview: Helen Hunt Falls — named after Helen Hunt Jackson, author and social activist in the late 19th century — marks the abrupt descent of Cheyenne Creek where North Cheyenne Canyon Rd merges with Gold Camp Rd. The hike takes you up beside the face of the falls, then back around to another creek and a promontory from which you can view the entire valley.

Tips: This is a good family hike; dog friendly as long as you keep your pet on a leash. Picnic areas abound at and near the site. Drive carefully through the canyon; the road is narrow and people hike and bike in the traffic lanes.

This hike is fun to do in conjunction with the Mt Cutler hike (see separate guide for details)

Directions: Exit I-25 at exit 140. Go south on Tejon and bear right onto Cheyenne Blvd. This joins W. Cheyenne Canyon Rd about 50 yards from the Starsmore Discovery Center. Turn right onto North Cheyenne Canyon Rd and drive approximately 2.5 miles to the Helen Hunt Falls trailhead.

Points of Interest


Helen Hunt Falls Trailhead

The Helen Hunt Falls trailhead is quite large. Since this portion of the hike is quite popular, you may have to drive beyond the main trailhead and park near the entrance to High Rd, about a quarter mile up the hill. The Falls has a visitors center where you can obtain information and snacks. Distance from the visitors center to the top of the trail is about 1/3 mile.

Falls Bridge

The bridge crosses Cheyenne Creek, offering excellent opportunities to photograph water falling above and below you. The trail is well maintained, with stairs and hand rails.

Trail's End

At the top of the trail, Cheyenne Canyon opens up below you to the east, so you an see almost all the way back into the city. Muscoco Mt looms above you on the south side of the canyon wall.
Pictures in this guide taken by: dougknighton

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