Cheyenne Mountain State Park

15 05 2015
Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Good morning from Cheyenne Mountain.

Perched on the side of the mountain that houses NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force base, this busy State Park is an urban oasis just a few miles from downtown Colorado Springs.  Boasting 2700 acres, 20 miles of biking and hiking trails and 50 full service campsites along with 10 walk-in tent sites, this is one of the best State Parks Colorado has to offer.

With reservations for Friday through Sunday, we decided to arrive early on Thursday and were quite fortunate to end up in the very last site available, #36.  In the northern end of Swift Puma campground, this back-in site provides views out over Ft. Carson at the base of the mountain and Colorado Springs spreading out to the north and east.  This site has a fairly short and steep downhill approach that could discourage travel trailers and coaches with low ground clearance. On Friday we occupy our reserved site, #38, just on the other side of the Host site and designed with a longer and more level entrance and pad.  All of the sites provide full hookups; sewer, 50/30/20 amp electric service and water.  They each also have a picnic table and fire pit with a secondary water faucet.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

All around the park are fire hoses that can be connected to the standard water taps. These secondary taps and fire hoses seem very forward thinking with the sometimes high risk of fire that can become a reality along the front range.  We’re not more than a few miles from the Waldo Canyon fire that erupted in 2012 and the Black Forest fire of 2013 that destroyed nearly 500 homes making it the most destructive in Colorado history.

While we’ve been in the 5th wheel nearly 50 nights since we left for Texas in mid-March,  we consider this our first trip of the 2015 summer camping season.  Along with friends that are spending their first night in a new camper, we enjoy chilly nights, sunny mornings and rainy, windy afternoons and evenings at Cheyenne Mountain.  But, it’s only 5 days until we head west to Moab, UT where the weather promises to be a bit more mild .  More from there…

 

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3 responses

27 05 2015
Shawn

I see that you zoomed in on David’s contraption.

28 05 2015
Magda

We’ll have to check this out next time we head to Colorado Springs. It looks much more interesting than the RV Resort we stayed in last time (tho it wasn’t bad at at all for an “RV Resort).

31 05 2015
smallhomebigyard

Get early reservations. Colorado State Parks use a 6 month booking window (for the day of arrival). This one fills up quickly!

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