nature trips



mountain biking

trail running

wild flowers


no dogs

Summer is winding down into a fantastic fall! Renew your spirit and connect with the outdoors while the weather is still warm on a summer camping trip at the newest State Park campground. Enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, or biking on our 20 miles of trails waiting just for you. You don't have to go far to get away. Colorados newest state park is nestled in the landscape that inspired the song, America the Beautiful. Enter this park and marvel at the mountains above and the Colorado Springs skyline below. Meander and explore amidst natures diversity with prairie-to-peak eco-systems and 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. Stop by the visitor center for information, a little shopping, and educational exhibits or just to relax by the stone fireplace and the wall of windows. We have an amazing 1680 acres to explore. Years of thoughtful planning went into the park and visitors can now enjoy recreational opportunities year round. The park offers top-notch environmental education programs, trail exploration and picnicking. The campgrounds are open, as well as the Prairie Skipper Group Event Facility.

Beautiful scenery

Just did Talon and South Talon which was 2.7 out on Talon with South Talon being just under a mile to add on before heading back. Good hike. Lots of sun on the beginning. Lots of mountain bikers.

My husband and I each had a kid under 2 in backpacks. This was a great trail for that! Not busy, good amount of challenge for this distance. Completed in 1 hr 45 mins with a couple of kids stops of course. Beautiful. We've had a lot of rain recently so this did have some muddy spots but not too much at all surprisingly.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Very fun trails. I love how each trail connects to the next trail and is clearly marked. The system is so easy I was able to allow my 8 year old son navigate our adventure. The financial cost of the trip was unexpected. I neglected to notice the paid parking sign and was promptly slammed with a $27 parking fine for my 2 hour bike ride. Park officer McClark kindly explained that I was fortunate my fine was not $50 for my terrible crime of parking.

I hiked this Park with my son last year, and all agreed it kills your vibe to be so close to the highway, while realizing there is no access to Cheyenne Mountain itself. I returned to run it and found it a good experience--the grade is "runnable" to the top, and once up Talon you can forget the highway--there are some very nice sections of single track flowing through trees and brush, and some great views up trail. Much of the trail is exposed to sun, so be prepared. With minimal planning you can connect any number of trails to set your distance and vertical gain, or make loops. The trails are well marked with map placards at most intersections. I left from the main parking lot, taking the equestrian trail up to Talon, Talon South and looped back to Talon via Talon North--the only trail approaching technical. Continuing back down Talon I turned onto Sundancer to Zoop Loop and back to the parking lot for 9 miles and a little over 1000' of vertical gain. Could easily have extended that linking trails heading back to the visitor center and camping areas or looping. No water points on trail. Other than Talon North, no technical surfaces. Very few hikers and MTB, all very courteous. A + for speed and ease of access.

I only did Talon along with the north and south loop. Talon was mostly sunny but the loop was shady and nicer. I learned the difference between a lot of different trees thanks to the little signs posted in the trail. The many wild flowers were beautiful. Somebody ruined two of the trail maps along Talon Trail. There was hardly anyone on the trail. I had it all to myself!

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very easy

I would rate this one easy. It was nice rolling hills, some tree cover but in the sun a lot. There was a ton of mud at the bottom which made my boots feel ten pounds heavier. It was hard to find the trails at first until you noticed three little stakes in the ground that marked the trails. We ended up hiking many of the trails since they were easy ahs so short. It was fun and not very exherting.

trails are well maintained and I would say they are easy rather than moderate difficulty

Fun hike. Good views. Definitely easy enough to do babywearing!

Great hike. Good for all skill levels. Big Loop is a combination of several different trails so don't expect to see it on the park map. Beautiful, clean area.

Good hiking trail. They've got better MTB trails.

Really depends on what trails you take but they are very easy if you've hiked before. I used it more for a trail run. I did see lots of deer along the way.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Trails: Raccoon ridge, a bit of boulder run, and a bit of blackmer loop. Trail doesn't feel 'out in nature' as some other parks like north Cheyenne Canyon (crosses paved roadways and gets near camp camp sites multiple times) but trails are not at all crowded and we did see wildlife while hiking, including mule deer about 20' from the trail. Not at a high of elevation and trails are easy to barely moderate. Lots of pine and scrub brush. Kids had fun. We had to call it quits for rain coming off the mountain. $7 feels like a waste unless you can hike most of the trails. I'm probably going to purchase the $70 annual pass. But it also covers ALL of Colorado's state parks. I'd recommend this park for hikers sick of seeing dog poop and too many people. Also great for little kids as it's fairly easy.

A nice combination of the park's trails. This takes the user through several different eco-systems with relatively little elevation gain over the cumulative mileage. The hike includes parts of Sundance, Talon, Zook Loop, Blackmer, Boulder Run and Coyote Run. A nice sampling of the 18 miles of trail in the lower park. All of this is open to hikers and bikers, while parts can be accessed by equestrians.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

I loved Talon trail but I think Sundance is just a waste of time.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Easy and great chance to see deer nearby. Never feel like lost because beautiful view of Colorado Springs is just at east of you all the times.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lots of options here. Great for a quick hike or longer part of day. Great proximity for local hiking. Love the plaques with description of flora, learned a lot by stopping and reading.

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