Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Cheyenne Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We headed south from the parking lot and followed signs to Talon Trail. At 2.35 miles we took the spur for the Talon North Trail and continue about another mile to the top of Dakota Hogback Ridge. At the top the Dixon Trail was on the right. The Dixon Trail is considered difficult to extreme. It was closed the day we hiked, but will open late September and October. We decided that next year, when the day is longer, we will hike it. We headed south and continued on the South Talon Trail, which intersects at the spur of the North Talon Trail. We then continued on the Sundance Trail to the parking lot. It was a scenic hike and not difficult.

Pretty hike, not too challenging. Was up and down the whole way as opposed to longer inclines. Path was quiet.

Fun, pretty

backpacking
2 months ago

Have to pay to get into the park, NOT parking, unless you are disabled or have DV plates, you then get in for free. They also have a static and walk and shoot archery range. Lots of wildlife and great for birders. Awesome mountain views and enough trails to keep you busy for most of the day. Take LOTS of water and head gear as many of the trails are not shaded.

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail! Very well-maintained. I really liked the up and down nature of it, as opposed to all up one way and all down the other. Beautiful scenery as well.

easy well maintained great views

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent trail for all ages, but can be a very muddy sloppy mess in wet weather here

A good 6+ mike workout. Very muddy after wet weather.

I love this area, so close to home. Challenging enough to get a decent workout, but not enough to wear you out for the rest of the day.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views, great workout. Took Blackmer Loop to Cougars Shadow, back to the loop. Definitely mountain lion territory! As of today (3/3/18) there were still some slick muddy areas, but nothing a little bushwacking along the trail couldn't avoid.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Beautiful scenery

Saturday, September 09, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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.

trail running
Sunday, July 02, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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!

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

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hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

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hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

very easy

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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

walking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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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