Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Aliases: JL Ranch Open Space
This state park, which opened in 2006, offers beautiful views of Cheyenne Mountain to the west and the plains to the east. Miles of trails wind through a terrific sample of habitats of the southern foothills, with extensive scrub oak and Ponderosa Pine woodlands as well as cliff faces with Canyon and Rock Wrens, swallows and swifts, nesting raptors and rattlesnakes. Virginia’s Warblers breed in the foothills scrub habitat. Look also for deer, elk and, if you’re lucky, bear, bobcat and even mountain lion in the park.
County: El Paso
Attractions: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Habitat: Scrub Oak Woodlands, Ponderosa Forest, Cliff Face
Directions: The state park is south of Colorado Springs (south of Academy Boulevard) on CO 115.
Delorme: 62 C3
Roads of Colorado: 105 E2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: State Park Pass
Restrictions: Day use only
Lodging: Campgrounds opening summer 2007
Handicapped Access: Limited