Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center is located in North Cheyenne Cañon Park, directly next to Helen Hunt Falls. The Visitor Center offers an introduction to the natural features visitors will find, visitors can also experience the area through interpretive exhibits, scheduled hikes, and asking questions to the knowledgeable staff and volunteers. The Visitor Center also has park maps, drinking water, and portable toilets during the summer season.
Visitor Center Hours
- Off season phone number: (719) 385-6086
- Open Seasonally: Memorial Day to Labor Day, Daily 8am - 4pm
- Please call (719) 633-5701 for more information.
From the entrance of North Cheyenne Cañon Park, drive approximately 2.5 miles up the canyon on North Cheyenne Canyon Road to the parking area at the base of the falls.
Please Note: The Helen Hunt Falls area does not have cell phone service. Please plan accordingly, it is not recommended to Uber/Lyft to Helen Hunt Falls, as visitors have no way of recalling their rides.
Helen Hunt Falls
Visitors can enjoy the view from the base of the falls or take a short walk to the top and admire the view from the bridge across the falls. Those wishing to continue hiking up to Silver Cascade Falls will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of North Cheyenne Cañon.
- 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. (November 1 – April 30)
- 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. (May 1 – October 31)
Gates to the park are locked each evening upon park closure at North Cheyenne Cañon Road near the Starsmore Nature and Visitor Center and at the North end of Gold Camp Rd. at the park boundary.. The nightly gating follows recommendations within the North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property., which was adopted by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board in May 2018.
Volunteers play a vital role in the stewardship and education of North Cheyenne Cañon Park! Join our incredible community of Adult and Teen Volunteers at North Cheyenne Cañon Park and help provide a rewarding experience for our visitors!
Volunteers have various duties that include, but are not limited to:
- Trail Roving, and Trash pickup on our 26 miles of trails as part of our Roving Interpreter Program
- Assisting in Interpretive and Educational programs as a Program Volunteer
- Providing Visitor Center Information, both at Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center and Starsmore Visitor Center as an Information Specialist
- Helping at Special Events in the Cañon! Winter Bird Festival, Hummingbird Festival, Halloween Carnival, and more!
For teens ages 13 – 17, North Cheyenne Cañon’s Teen Volunteer Program is designed to build leadership skills, customer service, and communication skills, all while interacting with visitors in an outdoor setting. You will have the opportunity to discover your inner naturalist by interpreting various aspects of the park to enrich the visitors' experience. The Teen Volunteer program is summer focused, with the teen training hosted in late May, and volunteer hours available from Memorial Day through Labor Day at Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center. This is a great opportunity for those who are building a resume, learning about the field of Parks and Recreation, or want to give back to their community while socializing with others! Join us today!
In 1881 the Bruin Inn was built at the base of Helen Hunt Falls. An outbuilding of the Bruin Inn was turned into a visitor center and curio shop. Being the smaller of the two facilities it became known as "The Cub." The Cub survived the fire that destroyed the Bruin Inn. "The Cub" remained to serve as a visitor center by the falls, which were officially designated Helen Hunt Falls in 1966. Over the years the old Cub building had deteriorated badly. In 2012 the old Cub building was torn down and a new Cub built – new, but very similar in design and atmosphere to the old Cub. The grand opening was held on Sept. 8, 2012.