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
"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
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