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Colorado prepares for the newest addition to the State Park System

September 22, 2006

Colorado Springs, Colorado — As the newest addition to Colorado's extensive state park system, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, scheduled to open October 21, 2006, protects of one of the last significant open spaces along the southern section of the Colorado Front Range.

Situated just south of Colorado Springs, the 1680-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 property is in remarkable natural condition and wildlife viewing opportunities abound due to the land's relatively undisturbed and unfragmented nature.

"The addition of this park is a magnificent achievement for the people of Colorado. Given the challenges of preserving open space so close to a major city, many individuals and organizations have shown their commitment to bringing to fruition this legacy for future generations," said Colorado State Parks Director Lyle Laverty.

Becoming the first state park in El Paso County, Cheyenne Mountain will offer superior facilities and recreational opportunities. Foremost among the park's offerings is the trail system consisting of 20 miles of natural surface trails allowing visitors ample opportunities to discover the park's natural beauty.

The park’s Visitor Center will offer the chance to learn more about the area and a place to relax while enjoying amazing views. Facilities to open in the near future include a 62-site campground, a group picnic shelter, and several full-service cabins. The planned Event Center, with its dramatic overlook, will accommodate weddings, banquets, conferences, and groups interested in first-class amenities in a natural setting that only a Colorado State Park can provide.

Attracting more than 11 million visitors per year, Colorado's 41 State Parks are a vital cornerstone in Colorado's economy and quality of life, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks manages more than 4,000 campsites, 57 cabins and yurts, encompassing 246,000 land and water acres. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

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