RAINBOW FALLS MOUNTAIN TROUT
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Rainbow Falls Is Legendary!
Nearly anyone you talk to has their own memories of fishing at Rainbow Falls. As Colorado’s Oldest Trout Hatchery, we have been raising trout and stocking the lakes for over 136 years. With it’s 9 lakes, and nearly 1-mile of stream the possibilities are endless. What separates Rainbow Falls from other areas is the Big Spring, which produces a constant 51 degree flow of water, channeled through our Trout Raceways, raising over 10,000 new trout year-round. This runs into our “Spring Lake” which never freezes, then 2 more lakes, joining our Trout Creek lakes downstream. Our unique combination of Trout Creek and the Natural Spring provide all of Rainbow Falls lakes and stream with constant water flow the year round. We practice catch and release on all lakes and streams. All our lakes are stocked and provide a wide variety of fishing experiences. Come enjoy fishing at Rainbow- and make your own memories!
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We host several events from stocking days to charity fundraisers You must to be a member to participate. For membership information and availability please email us
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As an exclusive member, you receive benefits like no one else. Unlimited access to our continuously stocked 9 lakes and over 1 mile of trout creek. Host events, family gatherings, and more. Priority bookings, and top spots to our stocking events. As a member, you are part of the Rainbow Falls Family!
Unlimited 7 day a week access, with your own Front Gate access card, April 1 - Nov 30. Includes up to 2 Named Members, can be kept within your household or shared with another person. 1 member must be present with the Membership Card upon entry.
Guest Policy- All Executive Memberships may have up to 2 adult guests fishing any day with no extra fees. All children age 14 and under fishing are also free, and all non fishing guests are free.
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4 hours on the water, no meal: 1 Client- $395 2 Clients- $495 3 Clients- $695 4 Clients- $990 5 Clients- $1190 6 Clients- $1390
6 hours on the water, meal included: 1 Client- $495 2 Clients- $595 3 Clients- $795 4 Clients- $1190 5 Clients- $1390 6 Clients- $1590 Group- call for pricing
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Ute Indians Winter Camp
In the late 1700’s and early 1800’s the Ute Indians camped and hunted in the valley now known as Rainbow Falls Park. The Big Cold Spring was a source of water in the cold winter months, as it never freezes over, with a continuous temperature of 51 degrees. Evidence of their stay can still be seen in the limestone cave above the spring, with its black soot from many fires staining its ceiling.
In the 1820’s fur trappers began to enter the valley in search of beaver pelt. As the fashion in England for men was wearing large top hats made of beaver fur. In 1861, the first European settled in the valley now known as Rainbow Falls Park. This Frenchman was Bergen, a fur trapper who built a log cabin there and his name was given to the valley, Bergen’s Park.
In 1882 a man by the name of H. G. Thornton had purchased the land next to the Big Cold Spring to build a fish hatchery that would raise Rainbow Trout. The clear, cold spring water would prove to be perfect conditions for rearing fish. The creek running near by was named Trout Creek, because of the hatchery. The trout were a favorite on menus in the area, with General Palmer and Dr. Bell serving them in their restaurants in Colorado Springs and Manitou Park.
Then in 1953 a young and energetic couple by the name of Bob and Neva Watson with the help of their parents purchased the hatchery and named it Rainbow Falls Park. Bob reported that in 1953 he sold 4,000 lbs of fish. In 1969 he sold 51,000 lbs of fish to restaurants, hotels and private stocked lakes. By the mid 1960’s Rainbow Falls Park was averaging 6000 visitors per summer.
The famous jeep and motorcycle ice races convened in the frozen months of January and February. This pattern of business continued until Bob finally decided that this was a young man’s business and sold the Park to Larry Posik
Eventually Bob Watson retired selling the park to an investor, Mike Herman. After the Hayman Fire of 2002, he was forced to close the business and the valley laid idle. In 2008, Richard and Shawnna saw the potential of this amazing resource. Their vision is to maintain Rainbow Falls and restore its rich heritage.
HISTORY OF RAINBOW FALLS
the johnson family
Having spent nearly 35yrs as a Honda/Yamaha/CanAm Power Sports Dealer, Richard and his family have always been outdoor enthusiasts. One year on one of their many trips to the Rainbow Falls OHV trails, they stumbled upon this forgotten valley and knew this was the place to retire. Since its inception in 2008, Richard and Shawnna have been dedicated to the preservation of this beautiful valley and have built RFMT to what it is today.
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