Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a Colorado
state park that was acquired in June 2000 through a partnership
between the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado State Parks, Great
Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Colorado Lottery, El Paso County, and
other local private organizations.
Formerly the JL Ranch, the park is situated just south of
Colorado Springs and represents the protection of one of the last
significant open spaces along the southern section of the Colorado
Front Range. The 1,680-acre park lies beneath the eastern flank of
Cheyenne Mountain, and borders the plains of Colorado in a
stunning transition from plains to peaks. The land is in
remarkable natural condition, and wildlife is abundant as well as
diverse due to the property's relatively undisturbed and
unfragmented nature. Wildlife in the park includes deer, elk,
black bears, cougar, coyotes, foxes, prairie dogs, red-tailed
hawks, golden eagles and wild turkeys.
The park opened in October 2006 and is the only state park
located in El Paso County. There are 20 miles of trails throughout
the park which are open to hikers and bikers. Dogs and horses are
not permitted on the trails in order to keep the surrounding
ecosystems intact and to avoid disturbing the ground-nesting birds
that reside in the park.
Cheyenne Mountain also has day-use picnic sites and a visitor
center where educational displays and interpretive programs are
available for visitors. Evening programs and nature hikes are
available during the spring and summer months and periodically
during the fall and winter months. The park is open for day use,
camping with full hookup and walk-in camping sites, and a camper
Picnic areas are accessible via hiking trails or parking lots.
All 41 day-use picnic areas have grills; plus, all provide quick
access to our trail system Please, to protect the parks fragile
eco-systems, pets, horses and smoking are not permitted on the