Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

easy well maintained great views

1 month ago

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

2 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.

Beautiful scenery

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
10 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.

10 months ago

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very easy

11 months ago

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Pretty but too close to highway to be really lovely.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Our first hike in Cheyenne Mountain State Park. We start in Talon (from parking lot) then took ZookLoop into Blackmer Loop. We took Medicine Wheel into Zook Loop to finish at 5 miles total.
A little lonely trail in Blackmer but it was good. A great park with multiple trails to choose. We will do Cheyenne Mountain State Park again.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Great trail system in Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Well marked and many trails to choose. My wife and I went last Sunday for the first time and we decided on Blackmer Loop after talking to one of the park employees. We started in Talon, then Zook Loop until we find Blackmer Loop. We took Medicine Wheel back to Zook Loop and end up in the parking lot by Talon. 5 miles total with moderate, well maintain and marked trails. It was a little lonely in Blackmer Loop but we enjoyed it.
Most definitely we will be back!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Great easy trail, well marked. Saw lots of deer on our walk late in the afternoon. Great for beginners.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nice hike.

Well maintained and scenic. I hiked the Talon and Talon North Trails, which were quite the workout. Would recommend.

Nature shouldn't be rated based on your dog access.

My wife and I hike the trails in Cheyenne Mountain State Park frequently. Very good scenery with some views of Colorado Springs and surrounding countryside. Not challenging unless you walk the Talon trail and it can get steep at times but well maintained trails. See deer, rabbit, lizards almost every time. Beware of horse riders on the Talon Trail. Respectful but not always much room to get out of their way.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

nice state park campground. Stayed their one night enroute further west.

I haven't gone yet, plan to go, and am just reviewing with five stars because some a-holes think that a lower review is deserved because of their dogs

Warm and exposed, some non poisonous snakes and lizards. Sparse brush and open gentle hills.

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