Cheyenne Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide

Colorado

The Cheyenne Mountain State Park is located in Colorado in the city of Colorado Springs. The state park itself was opened in 2006, and it is the only state park located in El Paso County. The 2,701-acre park lies beneath the eastern flank of Cheyenne Mountain, and borders the plains of Colorado in a stunning transition from plains to peaks. Within its borders, you’ll find 27 miles of stunning trails, as well as day-use picnic areas, a visitor center, campsites, and more. The park is also home to a wonderful array of wildlife, including deer, elk, black bears, cougar, coyotes, foxes, prairie dogs, red-tailed hawks, golden eagles and wild turkeys.

Due to its mostly-sunny, yet cool climate, Cheyenne Mountain State Park is open year-round. In the summer months, visitors can expect temperatures to reach highs of 85°F, whereas winter can bring lows of just 18°F.

If you’re planning a trip to Cheyenne Mountain State Park, you’ll want to keep reading to find out all there is to know about this region, including camping, things to do inside and outside of the park, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 27-69 F
Summer 52-85 F
Fall 27-76 F
Winter 18-46 F
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Nearby Cities
Colorado Springs, CO
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cheyenne Mountain State Park

There are plenty of camping opportunities in and around Cheyenne Mountain State Park, including both within tents and RVs. If roughing-it in a sleeping bag and the tiny space that a tent offers isn’t quite your thing, then we whole-heartedly recommend the warmth, comfort, and all-round glamping that an RV offers.

If you don’t own an RV, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare that suits your individual needs – including size, budget, and more. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

The good news is Cheyenne Mountain State Park has its own campground, which​ is open year-round and features a total of 51 full service campsites. RV sites start at $41 per night and must be reserved in advance, as sites can fill-up quickly.

Here are some other RV-friendly campgrounds within proximity of the state park:

Colorado Springs KOA Holiday

Just a 17-minute drive away is the Colorado Springs KOA Holiday, located in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. The campground contains beautiful views of Pikes Peak, the most visited mountain in North America, plus you’ll only ever be a short drive away from some of the region’s famous attractions.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: bathhouses, camp store, café, laundry facilities, pet playground, heated swimming pool, hot tub.

Golden Eagle Campground

Golden Eagle Campground is located just outside of the park, so you certainly won’t have far to travel! It’s a quiet and beautiful place to camp while enjoying the beautiful natural setting of Colorado Springs, plus you can make use of 12+ miles of hiking trails, lakes for fishing, and so much more. Rates start at $45 per night, per couple.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: fishing ponds, pavilions, hiking trails, fire rings, playground, restrooms, showers, laundromat, gift shop, convenience store.

Garden of the Gods RV Resort

A little further down the road (12 miles) from the state park, you’ll find the popular and highly reputable Garden of the Gods RV Resort. They offer a wide range of RV sites to suit various types of motorhomes, as well as many amenities to help you and your family have a fun, comfortable, and safe stay.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: gift shop, convenience store, off-leash “bark park”, children’s playground, games room, community lounge, heated swimming pools.

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What to Do at
Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Inside Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Trust us, you certainly won’t get bored during your trip to Cheyenne Mountain State Park. With the park being home to over 27 miles of hiking and biking trails, an archery range, education programs, and more, there’s an activity to suit every type of traveler.

Hiking: The park boasts​​​​​​ 21 trails, totaling over 27 miles, traversing different ecosystems which are suitable for all levels of hikers. Be sure to check out the recently opened Dixon Trail system, which reaches the top of Cheyenne Mountain and provides incredible views of Colorado Springs and beyond, as well as a 1957 plane crash site.

Biking: Out of the 21 hiking trails, 19 of these trails (totaling about 23.5 miles)​ are available to explore by bike. You’ll find easy, family-friendly trails like Sundance, as well as more difficult trails like Medicine Wheel among this offering. View the park’s trail map here.

Archery: There is an archery range located in the state park, which is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. To take part in the fun, individual permits are available on site for $3 per day or you may purchase an annual permit at the Visitor Center for $30.

Education programs: The state park has a popular Junior Ranger Program for 7-12 year-olds, plus they offer regular educational programs for all ages, including family mystery hikes, guided wildflower and bird watching hikes, full moon walks, wildlife interpretive programs and more. Check out upcoming events here.

Outside Cheyenne Mountain State Park

The state park is located less than a 15-minute drive from the city of Colorado Springs, so you’re never far from the action! There’s a wide variety of popular destinations on your doorstep, including other parks, famous landmarks, award-winning eateries, or celebrated shopping strips. While there’s certainly a lot of activities on offer inside of the park, it’s what’s available outside of the park that will have you wanting to stay longer!

Restaurants

Edelweiss German Restaurant

Just a short drive down the road is one of the most popular restaurants in the region -Edelweiss German Restaurant. This rustic Bavarian beer garden and eatery serves delicious German and European favorites (such as schnitzel) and provides a fantastic atmosphere for you and your family, complete with folk music, of course!

Type: German

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

The Rabbit Hole

Fancy an enchanting night out in town? The Rabbit Hole serves chic cocktails and creative bites, making it a popular destination for locals or travellers who want to treat themselves to an Alice in Wonderland inspired dining experience.

Type: Themed bar / fine dining

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and Restaurant

For something a little more familiar, try Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and Restaurant, a comfy and down-to-Earth venue that serves traditional cuisine and a wide range of beverages. The live music is also a hit, plus you’ll love the generous servings.

Type: Irish

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Shopping

The Citadel Mall

When it comes to shopping destinations within the region, you’re quite spoilt for choice. The Citadel Mall, however, seems to come out on top, with countless positive reviews. There’s a wide variety of stores on offer here, as well as a great food court to satisfy a rumbling stomach.

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Sightseeing

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Just less than a 20-minute drive from the state park is one of Colorado Springs’ most loved and visited attractions: the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. This prominent mountainside conservation park is home to 700-plus animals, as well as the world's largest giraffe herd. Bring the whole family for a day they’ll never forget!

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Garden of the Gods

While you’re visiting the region, you must take a trip to the Garden of the Gods, a world-famous park featuring 1,300 acres of incredible sandstone formations. There’s also a visitor and nature center on-site, as well as opportunities to take part in adventure programs, front range climbing, jeep and Segway tours, and so much more.

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Don’t miss out on a visit to this historic cave whilst visiting nearby Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Cave of the Winds Mountain Park has several tour options, including spelunking, plus a zip line and ropes course for those who are more adventurous! It’s a great day out for the whole family.

Location: Manitou Springs, CO

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How to Get to
Cheyenne Mountain State Park

The state park is 7.4 miles south of Colorado Springs. Take the CO-115 S, then turn right onto JL Ranch Heights Rd. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on JL Ranch Heights Rd until you reach the state park.

Entering Cheyenne Mountain State Park

A Daily Pass or Annual Pass is required to enter the park.

Daily : $8

Annual Pass : $80

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!