(Last Updated On: April 16, 2022)

sign at cheyenne mountain state park

Welcome sign at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Photo: Park Facebook page

Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Colorado Springs, and is about 7 miles south of the city of Colorado Springs. The park offers horseback riding, hiking, biking, and archery with scenic views of Cheyenne Mountain.

Activities

There are a large variety of amusements available to Cheyenne Mountain State Park explorers.

Here are some highlights of the many things to do at Cheyenne Mountain park:

Archery At Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Cheyenne Mountain State Park has a phenomenal archery range with views of the mountains. This archery range is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, and is nearby Highway 115. There are two separate range types available here: the main range has covered targets in shooting lines between 10 and 80 yards, while the south-side field is a 3D range with animal targets and 28 NFAA targets throughout. It is worth noting that the 3D range does require an additional permit for those 17 and older. However, access to the range is only $3 a day or $30 for an annual pass, making it an incredible resource for anyone looking to hone their archery skills in the great outdoors.

Geocaching At Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Looking to join in on the world’s biggest treasure hunt? Cheyenne Mountain State Park has more than 15 caches hidden throughout for those looking to go on a scavenger hunt. With clues shared online, and GPS coordinates available for curious visitors, you’re sure to enjoy the thrill of a great treasure hunt while exploring the park. Geocaching is a great way to inspire yourself to explore more walking trails, too, as having an end goal to your hike can motivate you to go that extra mile!

Golfing At Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Meadow Campground is home to Cheyenne Mountain State Park’s own disc golf course. For those who have never played disc golf, the concept is a combination of frisbee and golf, with the various “holes” set up as nets that you attempt to land the disc in. The park rents out discs to visitors, and the nearby proximity to the campground makes this an ideal afternoon activity while camping, or an excellent day trip activity.

Hiking At Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Trying to explore all the trails at Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a challenging goal: with 21 trails and over 27 miles to hike, you’re sure to find a trail that fits your own personal skill level. Keep in mind that several trails are also horseback riding trails and that pedestrians should always yield to horses. It is also a good idea to follow all posted signs, and take a trail map with you to ensure you know where you’re going once you get to the park.

Here are just some of the trails at Cheyenne Mountain State Park:

  • Dixon Trail – Dixon Trail is a multi-use trail that allows hikers, bikers, and equestrians to make their way up the challenging topography of Cheyenne Mountain Stake Park. It is worth noting that the latter half of the trail is not open to bikes and equestrians, but is open to hikers. This trail is a one-way trail. Note that no dogs are allowed on this trail. Length: 4.5 miles Degree of Difficulty: difficult to extreme
  • Blackmer Loop – Blackmer Loop shows off gorgeous rock gardens and towering pines, and even treats hikers to the sight of a pine tree that has grown out from a boulder.Keep in mind this trail has moderate elevation gain, so be prepared to work those calves! Length: 3.52 miles Degree of Difficulty: moderate
  • Bobcat Way Trail – This gently sloping trail is to the North of the campground areas, and can be explored alongside several other trails at once. Dogs are allowed on this trail, and this is a beginner-friendly hike. Length: 0.4 miles Degree of Difficulty: easy

Biking At Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a biker’s paradise. With 19 trails totaling about 23.5 miles, as well as switchbacks and trail loops designed to connect throughout the park for one continuous ride, you’re sure to find yourself captivated by this park’s trail system. Keep in mind that some trails are not bike-friendly and that pedestrians and equestrians always have the right of way.

Picnicking At Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Cheyenne Mountain State Park is home to the Prairie Skipper Pavilion, a group picnicking area that can seat up to 200 people and park 85 vehicles. The picnic area has electric service available, as well as a playground, horseshoe pits, a parking area, and of course, restrooms. Note that this picnic site does require a reservation to use, but is ideal for group gatherings like weddings, reunions, and class trips.

Smaller groups can use one of the 41 picnic sites through the park. These sites have their own table and grill and are usually located nearby a restroom and campsite, depending on their position in the park. They are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Horseback Riding At Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Cheyenne Mountain State Park has a 6-mile trail system accessible to equestrians, which forms a 10-mile loop round-trip. Keep in mind the trail itself is not a loop, it is an in and back trail. Trailer parking is accessible at the east end of the Limekiln Trailhead parking lot, and horses should only be tied to the appropriate hitching posts.

Pets At Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Dogs are allowed in the various developed areas of the park, and on certain specified trails. Keep in mind that dogs must be kept on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times, and all waste must be disposed of.

Horses and horseback riding are both permitted on specified trails, and horses may be hitched to provided hitching posts along the route. Keep in mind that trailer parking is only provided in the Limekiln Trailhead parking lot.

Camping At Cheyenne Mountain State Park

With 51 full hook-up sites and 10 basic tent sites, camping at Cheyenne Mountain State Park is easier than ever. During the active season, there are coin-operated showers and laundry available, and reservations are available for both the winter and summer seasons, though camping locations are limited during the winter months. Dogs are allowed at all campsite locations, so long as you follow the park guidelines about pet care and do not leave your pets unattended.

Park Location

Cheyenne Mountain State Park
410 JL Ranch Heights
Colorado Springs CO 80926
Phone: 719.576.2016
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Video

Below is a brief video showcasing various activities at Cheyenne Mountain State Park: