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Review of Cheyenne Mountain

Cheyenne Mountain
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Owner description: The location of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which offers limited tours to the public.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2013

I had a wonderful hike, just absolutely beautiful. Breath taking views. The trials are too difficult, great for mountain biking too!

Visited April 2013
Thank Gina S
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“You can see the entrance”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Years ago this facility was open to the public on limited guided tours, those days are over. It's fun to see the facility from the outside approaching the mountain base the sign and the checkpoint is truly an experience out of the past.

Visited May 2013
Thank SpeedTravler
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Swink, CO
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Cheyenne Mountain State Park”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

This park is located off CO 115, directly across from the main gate of Fort Carson. Access is easy. From I-25 north or southbound, take the Academy Blvd exit (135), then go west on South Academy (yes, west, not south. Academy takes a sharp bend just east of I-25 and exit 135) about 2 miles to the CO 115 exit. Go south on 115 about another 2 miles, then turn right onto JL Ranch Heights Road. Pay attention to the signs. There is a traffic circle you pass through to the park. You can take the wrong road if you're not paying close attention. The fact that there is a traffic circle here indicates someone at some time had delusions of grandeur, as there is so little traffic we can only wonder...

The park day use fee is $7.00 per vehicle as of September 2013. You can pay it at the visitors' center, or at the entrance kiosk, a hundred yards or so up the road from the center. However, the visitors' center is worth a stop for the exhibits, really clean bathrooms, park maps, and information about park activities. The day use fee is for hiking, cycling, picnicking, and so on; camping requires additional fees.

There is at least one ranger at the visitors' center. Rangers and volunteers are knowledgeable and helpful, and can answer any questions you may have.

We have hiked several of the trails in previous visits. On our last visit, we hiked the Blackmer Loop, some 3.5-ish miles. This is a great hike, with a few short but steep ups and downs, winding mostly through conifer and scrub oak forest. The park's altitude is moderate, at about 6400 feet MSL, which is not nearly as demanding at hikes in similar terrain, of similar length, at the nosebleed heights further up in the mountains.

We like to take photos on our hikes, of flowers and other vegetation, and whatever bird and wildlife we can snap. There are three albums here:




The last one has a good shot of a prairie rattler. We have not seen many snakes in the park, and this is the only rattler we have come across ... but they are there.

On a hike like this one, we'll carry two liters of water each, plus a small first aid kit for blisters, splinters, nicks, and scrapes. Granola bars serve as easily carried pick-me-ups. You want to stay well-hydrated, especially if you are a flat-lander and are not fully acclimated. Though the altitude is moderate, you can still come down with a case of altitude sickness, and that ain't fun. Proper hydration is the best way to avoid this.

We start our hikes here in the morning, so as to be off the mountain by the time any afternoon thunderstorms build up. This is no place to be when the lightning starts.

This is our favorite state park, because it's easy for us to get to from the flatlands where we live, and we can combine a morning hike with a Fort Carson commissary trip, or Pueblo shopping.

Visited September 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“BEAUTIFUL drive, hiking available”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

We completely enjoyed driving through Cheyenne Mountain after our visit to 7 Falls. There are tons of trails but unfortunately, with small kids we weren't able to do that part. The best part is that you can experience gorgeous views without the price tag of Pikes Peak. (They are very different though and I recommend a visit to Pikes Peak).

Visited September 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Great Hike”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

I have no dislike, there are so many hike's and cant wait to do them all. Just taking a drive through Cheyenne Mountain with all the springs and falls was awesome!!

Visited August 2013
Thank BarbieAndKen143
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