Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a seventh heaven for hikers and bikers keen to clock some time on the trail. More than 28 miles of multi-use trails thread through this scenic, 2,700-acre tract of located ten minutes south of Colorado Springs.
Whether you're in the mood to climb a mountain or simply relax in the great outdoors, Cheyenne Mountain State Park offers a little something for outdoor adventurers of all stripes. Book an RV in El Paso County and start planning a motorhome camping trip you'll cherish for years to come.
The hiking and biking trail network is one of the biggest draws to Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Whether you're looking for a short, easy stroll or a long, grueling trek, you'll find a route to suit your abilities here. The half-mile Acorn Valley Trail is accessible for visitors with mobility issues. The Talon Trail is a moderate path just over two and a half miles long which leads through a variety of terrain. Horseback riders can also access a portion of this trail.
Thrillseekers craving a challenge will want to hike to the summit of Cheyenne Mountain. Be aware that this route isn't for the faint of heart! This hike starts at Limekiln Trailhead and leads you on a round trip of over 17 miles, but those who endure will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas from the top. At the summit, take the Mountain Loop and wander through meadows and groves. If you're highly skilled and physically fit, scramble along the ridge on the aptly named Dragon's Backbone Trail.
If you're out of breath just thinking about it, plan to enjoy a packed lunch at one of the park's 41 picnic sites. Afterward, wander the park at your own pace in search of area wildlife. Birdwatchers will be in their element here with the opportunity to spot more than 100 species. Peregrine falcons, American kestrels, and hawks are among the rare finds. Keep an eye out for mule deer and elk grazing in the prairie. If you're really lucky, you might even spot an elusive bobcat or black bear.
For something a little different, pack your archery equipment in the rental RV and head to the range. The south side of the archery range even offers 3D animal targets. Note that you'll need to obtain a permit to enjoy this part of the range.
Camping at Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Outdoor enthusiasts planning to set up camp at Cheyenne Mountain State Park will have a variety of options to choose from. The park's 51 full-hookup sites accommodate rigs up to 70 feet long, though most sites welcome RV rentals between 30 and 50 feet long. A few pull-through sites are available for guests camping in big rigs. Don't want to camp in an RV? The park also offers ten primitive tent sites.
Like most Colorado state park RV campgrounds, Cheyenne Mountain offers access to restrooms, showers, and coin-operated laundry facilities in the centrally located camper services building. The kids in your crew will have a ball at the fenced playground right outside.
Peak season at Cheyenne Mountain lasts from April to October. You can camp in an RV here year-round; however, amenities are limited, and only select sites are open in the off-season. Reservations are required. Your leashed, well-behaved dog can even tag along for your camping trip.
Exploring the Area
When your Cheyenne Mountain State Park camping adventure has reached its end, you'll find plenty of things to do and see nearby. Refuel the rental RV at one of the gas stations off I-25 and plan to make the short trip north into Colorado Springs.
Garden of the Gods is a must-see for the photographers and nature lovers in your group. Snap photo after photo of these red rock crags jutting out of a lush desert landscape. Guided walks, bike and segway tours, and exhilarating adventure programs are just a few of the excursions on offer here. Pikes Peak looming in the distance provides a breathtaking backdrop and even more chances to challenge your endurance on the hiking and biking trails.
If you've had enough of the great outdoors, venture into downtown for a dose of culture. Catch the Colorado Springs Philharmonic playing at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, or marvel at the masterpieces on a guided tour of the street art in downtown. Learn about the city's history from staff members dressed in period clothing at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, then treat yourself to a sweet treat or a craft brew at one of the many eateries located off Highway 87.
Seen all you want to see of Colorado Springs? From here, you can take I-25 south toward Pueblo or even further north into Denver. No matter where you decide to go next, one thing's for sure: this scenic region of the Centennial State offers endless adventures for city slickers and nature lovers alike.