Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Talon & Sundance Trails
* http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/CheyenneMountain/ * Highway 115 across from Fort Carson Gate 1 * Colorado Springs, Colorado *
One of the more popular trails at Colorado’s newest State Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, is a rugged foothills up through the alpine slopes trail starting the ascent of Cheyenne Mountain. These popular trail is known as “Talon” and “Sundance” which weave around each other as they climb upwards. You can take Talon from the parking lot by itself, or weave around a different loop journey with Sundance. Both of these trails have spectacular views of Colorado Springs and Cheyenne Mountain. Talon is a 2.64 mile long moderate trail that increasingly gains elevation as it traverses the prairie and scrub oak and then climbs from the foothills and begins its ascent into the alpine slopes of Cheyenne Mountain. Sundance is a loop that weaves in and out of Talon, and is an easy 3.29 mile, mostly flat trail with minor elevation gain – beginning in the prairie dog colonies and prairies, scrub oak foothills, and variable terrain. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 1/8/2010; 1/10/2010; 1/18/2010.