One of the City’s most popular parks is fully open after weeks of daily road closures, and it’s better than ever.
As the oldest regional park in Colorado Springs, North Cheyenne Cañon Park has served as a mountain retreat for residents and visitors who have loved its rugged, forested beauty and peaceful setting since 1885. The park offers a wide variety of natural and recreational opportunities. Its historic bridges, cascading streams, mountain terrain, and challenging trails are deeply treasured and enjoyed by residents throughout the city and visitors from around the world.
However, this regional park’s widespread popularity, heavy use, and impacts from natural events have taken a toll. This, together with a need to improve connections with newly acquired sections of the park is why crews have been working on improvements for the past couple of months.
The improvements make it easier for everyone to access the park, take in the amazing views and navigate the expansive trail system.
Here’s a list of improvements you’ll see next time you visit the park
- Newly paved and expanded parking lot above Helen Hunt Falls, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-approved accessible parking (this parking area is at the intersection of North Cheyenne Cañon Road, High Drive, and Gold Camp Road)
- A new viewing platform with an ADA accessible ramp at the base of Helen Hunt Falls and an improved and repaved parking area, including additional ADA parking spaces
- Improved parking at the Bruin Inn Picnic Area, more parking spaces, and safer pedestrian street crossing
- A new Daniels Pass Trailhead with 12 designated parking spaces. Crews have also begun the work to install two new bridges on the Daniels Pass Trail by placing bridge abutments (this is the part of the bridge that supports the structure and connects the part you walk across to the ground at each end of the bridge). The bridges are expected to be finished later this year.
- Repaired ADA accessible parking space and ramp at the restroom building in South Cañon
The improvements are part of the recommendations in the North Cheyenne Cañon master plan. The master planA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. was approved in 2018. The plan helps the city effectively strike a balance between the need to protect and maintain the park’s historic and natural resources with the need to serve its growing base of current and future users.
Improvements completed since 2018
Here is a list of additional improvements that have been completed since 2018 totaling an investment of nearly $930,000 from a variety of funding sources, including the City and private investment, like generous donations from the Friends of Cheyenne Canyon.
- New trails (5.75 miles)
- South Chamberlain Trail constructed on Strawberry Hill, plus rogue trail closures and drainage work; funded by The Broadmoor (1.2 miles)
- Chamberlain Trail, Mesa section, Columbine to South Cañon (0.6 miles)
- Chamberlain Trail through Stratton Forest HOA (0.1 miles)
- Buffalo Cañon Trail (1 mile)
- Upper Columbine Trail connection (0.6 miles)
- Bruin Inn Trail (0.5 miles)
- Starsmore Nature Trail (0.3 miles)
- Cresta Trail in Stratton Open Space (0.7 miles)
- Creekside Trail, Columbine to Cutler segment (0.75 miles)
- Trail/trailhead improvements
- South Chamberlain trailhead
- Ladders Trail
- Gold Camp Path Trail
- Chutes Downhill Mountain Bike Trail
- Ponderosa Trail
- Mt. Cutler Trail
- Ridge and Meadows trails in Stratton Open Space
- Stratton Open Space Ridgeway Trailhead
- Parking improvements
- South Chamberlain parking lot
- Chutes pull-off parking
- Stratton Open Space parking lot expansion
- Bruin Inn picnic table replacement