This center is at the entrance to Cheyenne Canyon. Starsmore Discovery Center is one of several nature centers in Colorado Springs. Each one offers fascinating opportunities for children and adults to experience and understand the natural world.
In the late spring and through the summer there are beautiful gardens full of native plants, butterflies and birds. Inside there are numerous displays, dioramas and hands on nature items as well as a bird watching area. There are areas for children to handle nature items, look at books or to color.
The center is open April to October, and hosts fantastic children’s events.
Outside you are likely to see squirrels, mule deer, various birds including Hummingbirds. There is access to the North Cheyenne Creek, where we have enjoyed picnics and a little splashing in the water.
Heading into the Canyon, from the Discovery Center, the road runs along the North Cheyenne Creek all the way up to Helen Hunt Falls. This road continues around to Gold Camp Road and more hiking trails. The Columbine Trail begins here, and just like the road leads up to the area around Helen Hunt Falls.
It is easy to see why this canyon is such a popular place for families. I hope you find a morning, afternoon or a whole day to explore the area.