“The best trails in Cheyenne Mtn State Park, all in one ride!
— The Kraken
No dogs permitted. Can be very sticky mud when wet, so please don't damage the trails.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park has a lot of interconnected trails. Some are sweet singletrack, many are somewhat wider and groomed. This ride tries to collect the best of the park into one ride for the avid rider. There are a few short sections of overlap, but you'll love the route.
The official map can be found online at
Need to Know
Access via car requires a fee or State Parks Pass, bike access is free through the main gate. An annual Colorado Parks pass is also good at any other state parks, so it can be a good deal.
This ride starts at the main parking lot, which has excellent facilities available. The trails are well marked and there are maps posted all along the way. Please note that the mileage that follows is approximate.
Starting at the day use trailhead parking lot, take the Sundance Loop
to the east, south, then west until you descend the ridge and intersect Talon
at mile 1.7. Head west (uphill) on Talon
to the North Talon
and South Talon
loops. Turn right onto North Talon
and follow it to South Talon
You'll then return down to Sundance via Talon
at mile 6.2, turning left and heading north. Near mile 7.2, stay left on Talon
past Turkey Trot
, left past Little Bear
, then Left on Zook Loop
Follow Zook around clockwise, past Blackmer until you reach Medicine Wheel
at mile 8.2. Left on Medicine Wheel
(highly technical), follow all the way to Blackmer Loop
. Right on Blackmer Loop
(uphill), right again, still on Blackmer, climbing up to the high point of the park. Pass by Cougar's Shadow
(stay left) at mile 9.7.
Enjoy the views and the trail, until you reach the other end of Cougar's Shadow
at mile 10.3. Right (uphill) on Cougar, follow it north back all the way to Blackmer Loop
. Right on Blackmer (you've ridden this section before) continuing all the way down Blackmer to the start of the loop at mile 13.3.
Right at the intersection, take Blackmer Loop
down to Zook Loop
(or you can do Medicine Wheel
the opposite direction from which you came).
Left on Zook, headed east, to Coyote Run
, then the parking lot.
There are lots of options and the trails are all well marked. Medicine Wheel
and Cougar's Shadow
are the most technical of the park.
History & Background
Cheyenne Mountain State Park was built from scratch with mountain biking in mind. The original trail network was designed by Joey Klein (IMBA) and Tony Boone (Trailbuilder). The current management is slightly less MTB friendly, but it's still a great place to ride.