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Nestled in the Cheyenne Mountain complex and just a hop-and-skip from downtown Colorado Springs, a trip to this secluded green space will transport you to a Jurassic Park-type world. Read more...
Nestled in the Cheyenne Mountain complex and just a hop-and-skip from downtown Colorado Springs, a trip to this secluded green space will transport you to a Jurassic Park-type world. Towering pines, beautiful limestone vistas, and over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails populate much of the area. And, sitting over 2,000 feet above sea level, you can expect postcard-worthy snowfalls from early-fall and late-winter, as well as jaw-dropping views of the skyline from Pike Peak.
While you won’t find any prehistoric dinosaur parts along the trailheads, you can find nods to the place’s rich defense history. Now defunct cold war remnants, like blast doors and deactivated ballistic missiles, can be found near the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force station. Fun fact: Inside Cheyenne Mountain, the US Army developed atomic bunkers that could stand nuclear attacks during the height of the Cold War.
But even if war-history isn’t your thing, you’ll find active wildlife within the area’s nearly 2,700 acres of pristine wilderness to view from afar. The visitor center's, too, has a massive stone fireplace to help warm-up during those colder months. The center also holds weekly beginner yoga session and guided “mystery hikes,” letting you take in all the beauty that hugs these mountains.
Better yet, primitive, RV, and tent camping are all easy to both find and book in the area. But, given how cold these parts of Colorado get come October, we’d recommend hitting this area up during the spring and summer months, if for no other reason than the blankets of wildflowers that bloom during that time.