- Date: June 2014
- Location: Just south of Colorado Springs, CO and directly adjacent to Fort Carson
- Number of Sites: 51 full hookup (50amp power, water, sewer) sites. 10 walk-in tent sites.
- Cost: $28.50 + $7 vehicle fee per day
Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a pretty new facility, having opened in 2006, and it shows. It is very nice. Very, very nice.
Sandwiched between Fort Carson and Cheyenne Mountain, Cheyenne Mountain State Park definitely has a unique location with some gorgeous scenic views. Just so you understand the significance of the location, Cheyenne Mountain was once the primary command center for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and now serves as the Alternative Command Center. And the park is literally at the base of the mountain.
Besides the unique location of the park, it had some spectacular facilities. The camp sites not only offered full hookups, but they had level concrete pads, great spacing from your neighbors, and because the park is on a hill, great views. The full hookups are really the icing on a very beautiful cake, and something that you rarely see in a state park – especially at each site. With only 51 campsites over 4 different campgrounds (PDF Map) you definitely don’t feel crowded.
With the spread out camping area and the sloping terrain, this park not only offers great views from everywhere, but little feeling of claustrophobia that many state parks have. Throw in the 16 trails covering 20 miles and there is not problem getting away from others. The trails have a very cool feature in that there are GPS markers all over the place that allow you to tell emergency personnel exactly where you are on a trail should there be a need.
The park has a great laundry and shower facility in the same building as the administration office and small store. You will also find recycling facilities spread throughout the park, which is a nice change from having to either throw recyclables in the trash or hunt down appropriate facilities in a nearby town.
Colorado did things right when they created this park and I wouldn’t hesitate to visit here again.