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Military Members Should Visit Cheyenne Mountain State Park- Here’s Why
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Military Members Should Visit Cheyenne Mountain State Park- Here’s Why

If you’re stationed at Fort Carson or about to be, chances are good that the giant mountain right beside the post hasn’t escaped you. The base of the triple-peaked Cheyenne Mountain offers a perfect location for military operations, but it also provides amazing recreational and relaxation opportunities for military members working in and around the post. One of these is the Cheyenne Mountain State Park, a park that you shouldn’t skip out on while you’re stationed here!

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Discover the Beauty of Cheyenne Mountain By Visiting the Cheyenne Mountain State Park

The Cheyenne Mountain State Park offers visitors a way to take in the breathtaking beauty of nature right next to their homes. You can enjoy the state park and most of its amenities year-round. There are over 28 miles of trails, year-round events, a playground, picnic areas, a camping area, an archery range, educational programs, and even more to discover, all hosted by the park.

With so many recreational activities available right next door, you won’t need to go far from the post to have a great time or experience the best of nature. Our guide will get you started on exploring everything the park has to offer.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Fees and Military Discount

First thing’s first! State Parks are incredible facilities open to the public with so much to offer, but upkeep and maintenance can be costly. As with any state park, there are fees to enter that contribute to such.

Explore the Cheyenne Mountain State Park entrance fee and the cost for other popular park activities right here.

Park Passes

  • One-day vehicle pass: $9.00
  • Annual pass: $80.00 (affixed) or $120.00 (hang tag)
  • Aspen Leaf Annual Pass for Colorado residents ages 64 and older: $70.00


  • Basic campsite: $28.00/night
  • Full hook-up campsite: $41.00/night
  • Aspen Leaf pass holders receive $3.00 off Sunday-Thursday

Conference Room Rental

  • $75.00/day

Group Picnic Area

  • Monday-Friday: $150.00
  • Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: $200/day

However, we have more good news for military members looking to enjoy the park on a tighter budget. Colorado Parks & Wildlife, in conjunction with the State of Colorado, offers many ways for active-duty personnel to receive discounts to their state parks.

Currently, all military members can get into state parks in Colorado for free during the entire month of August – perfect news for those late summer expeditions. Free admission is often offered on military holidays, such as Veterans Day. Other state park discounts for military members can be found on the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website.

Park Trails & Map

Cheyenne Mountain State Park bike trails and hiking trails are a big draw for locals and military members, alike. There are nearly two-dozen trails with differing difficulty levels, incline grades, and distances, so everyone of every level can find the best trail for them.

Around four of their trails are pet-friendly, and several trails are also open for those looking to ride horseback through the mountain.

To see all the trails, check out the Cheyenne Mountain State Park map, which has each trail color-coded and a key that lists all distances and trail limitations.

Camping in the Park

If there’s one thing that’s for sure, it’s that military members love camping. That’s why so many bases across the nation feature FamCamps with top-notch facilities. If you wanna do some off-base camping without having to travel halfway across the state, it doesn’t get much better than Cheyenne Mountain State Park camping!

There are 61 total campsites in the park: 51 full hook-ups and ten basic sites. The park also offers coin-operated laundry and shower facilities for anyone who needs them.

Looking for another way to stay? Cabins are available to rent here, too! There are only two cabins on the park grounds, so if you’re looking forward to a cabin stay, make sure you call well ahead of time or visit the reservations page to get your spot confirmed! This is also the website to visit for campsite reservations.

The cabins have full utilities, including A/C, heating, lighting, and ceiling fans, as well as full furnishings, a kitchenette, and ADA-accessible entrances and exits.

Check out the Cheyenne Mountain State Park campground map to see all the available spots and some handy bear-safe tips!

Park Address
410 JL Ranch Heights
Colorado Springs, CO, 80926
Phone: 1 (719) 576-2016

Enjoy Your Visit!

No matter what you decide to do, the Cheyenne Mountain State Park is the perfect place to get away and enjoy nature. Military members love it, locals love it, and even tourists visit from far and wide to check out the awe-inspiring beauty of the area. Always visit the official website before going to stay aware of any closures or safety members. Most of all, enjoy!

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