North Cheyenne Cañon Park | Colorado Springs Real Estate
North Cheyenne Cañon Park in Colorado Springs is a true gem for Colorado Springs and an asset that truly adds value to anyone who owns Colorado Springs real estate. With over 1,600 acres of expansive mountains provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation lovers in Colorado Springs. The park is well known for many different things such as world-class mountain biking, hiking and wildlife watching. If you are a trail runner, look no further as this park provides nearly 25 different trails in the park not to mention the thousands of acres of Pike National Forest that can be accessed through North Cheyenne Canon Park as well as easy access to Bear Creek Park, Section 16 and Red Rock Canyon Open space.
Why You Should Go
This park is truly world-class. From an extensive trail system that allows you to access some of the grandest views available along the Front Range Rocky Mountains to incredible opportunities to watch wild and free creatures such as Mule deer and migratory songbirds. With an expansive wilderness, mountains lined with pine trees and granite rock outcroppings nearly everywhere you look North Cheyenne Cañon Park is a must-see in attraction in Colorado Springs.
How to Get There
North Cheyenne Cañon Park is an easy drive from anywhere in Colorado Springs. If you are coming from the North From I-25 take exit 140 (Tejon Street) Go south on Tejon Street (to the south or in the opposite direction from downtown Colorado Springs) Take a slight right onto Cheyenne Boulevard. The entrance to North Cheyenne Cañon Park is located at the intersection of Cheyenne Boulevard, South Cheyenne Canyon Road, Evans Avenue and North Cheyenne Canyon Road (this is the road through the park)
If you are coming from the South take the Lake st exit off I-25 or Hwy 115 depending on where you are coming from and head West (towards the mountains) up to Lake St. When you hit the Broadmoor Hotel go right at the roundabout then straight at the next roundabout. About a block down Pine Ave take a right on Mesa Ave and you will run right into the Southside of North Cheyenne Cañon Park.
Our Favorite Spots
While there are too many incredible hikes, lookouts, mountains, waterfalls and other interesting places to visit in North Cheyenne Cañon Park to mention here. The following are a few of our favorite places to visit in the park or adjacent Pike National Forest.
Mount Muscoco trail is a challenging trail in Colorado Springs. It is about 3.7 miles with an elevation gain of 1,292 ft. The trail is accessed via the Mount Cutler Trailhead and is a spectacular trail for those who are looking for an amazing lookout at the top.
St. Mary's Falls
St. Mary's Falls is a popular hike in North Cheyenne Canon Park. With about 1.2 miles of moderate hiking required to reach the falls, it is an easily attainable yet very rewarding hike. Park at the parking area where North Cheyenne Canon Rd, High Dr., and Gold Camp Rd. intersect. Hike along the old Gold Camp Rd. where you will run into Tunnel #3. If you stay to the left of the Tunnel you will find a trail that goes over the tunnel and eventually leading to St. Mary's Falls. LOCAL TIP: Don't attempt to scale the falls or the adjacent rock outcroppings. There have been many accidents here from people attempting to climb up or down the rocks and there has even been one death.
Section 16 is an area of the park as well as a trail and trailhead. The "Section 16" name comes from the actual square on the plat map. Section 16 trail, when combines with the Palmer Trail is about a 5.5-mile loop that is perfect for trail runners, hikers and mountain bikers.
Captain Jacks Trail
Captain Jacks trail is about a 2.55-mile trail from the trailhead to the top of High Drive and on to the saddle behind Mount Buckhorn. This trail is a great trail for hikers, mountain bikers and even horse-back and motorcycles.
There are many things you can do as a visitor to the park to help ensure it will be there for generations to come. Some of these things include:
Keeping your dog on a leash - There have been many studies that show dogs off-leash can negatively impact wildlife. One being migratory songbirds who nest on the ground in grasslands near trails. You may never know it but dogs off-leash can easily sniff out these nests and ultimately kill those eggs or baby birds.
Never cutting the trail - The granite gravel in North Cheyenne Cañon Park is highly susceptible to erosion and cutting the trail (leaving the trail as a shortcut) can leave a lasting mark on the trail and introduce erosion to new areas.
Leave No Trace - Following Leave No Trace principles can really make a big difference for the community and the outdoors. Even though this is not a wilderness area it is still important to abide by leave no trace principles.
Find the Colorado Springs Parks and Rec Departments North Cheyenne & Stratton Open Space General Trail Information PDF: HERE
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