Colorado Springs is full of delightful places to spend an afternoon. As I continue to write Colorado Staycation posts I must include Cheyenne Cañon and Helen Hunt Falls. Located in southwestern Colorado Springs the Cañon can be found along the same route from downtown Colorado Springs to the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
There are about 8 different hiking trails in the Cañon: The Columbine, Mt Cutler (and from that trail, you can also head to Muscoco Moutain), Silver Cascade, Saint Mary’s Falls, The Chutes, Seven Bridges, Captain Jacks and the Stratton Open Space. So take your pick and have a nice morning or day hike, just about anytime of the year. While the visitors centers are open only part of the year, the Cañon and the hiking trails are usually open year round.
This is the popular destination for visitors to the park. There is a nice sized parking area and a visitor center. Bathroom facilities are a couple of porta potties in the parking lot. Make sure you bring your camera, or that your phone is charged. You will want to get some photos!
The Visitors Center is only open during the summer, and early autumn but it is a fun place to stop. There are geological displays, antlers and other wildlife artifacts, a lovely tree house reading area as well as many other hands on activities.
Whether you live in the Colorado Springs area, or surrounding areas or you are visiting the area, check out North Cheyenne Cañon and Helen Hunt Falls. You will get a nice taste of Rocky Mountain air and the refreshment that comes from nature, without having to venture far from Colorado Springs.