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Cheyenne Mtn State Park - Big Loop

 22 votes


14.3 Miles 23.1 Kilometers




1,618' 493 m


-1,604' -489 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (10°)

6,870' 2,094 m


6,022' 1,835 m



All Clear 6 days ago
Dry - Trail is in good condition. Minor mud spots. A lot of dried bike trails that can make things a little bumpy. History

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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…
Dogs: No Dogs

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.


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Nov 2, 2017
Allen Tanner
Sep 19, 2017
J Erik Hartel
Good conditions 13mi
Aug 13, 2017
Mike Wright
Mar 24, 2017
Chuck McQuade
Great linkups and flow
Feb 18, 2017
Kaile Vierstra
Feb 17, 2017
William Horton
Feb 9, 2017
JW Show
Medicine Wheel and Cougar's Shadow are NOT "Blue" trails. These are very technical and challenging trails. Rest of the trail was good.
Oct 22, 2016
Cameron Gallagher

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Rick Powelson
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Rick Powelson   Colorado Springs, CO
Nice trail system. I rated it a blue at this time, but I will go back to ride more of it. My rating may change.There is a little bit of everything there. You do need to watch your speed and keep alert for horse traffic though. I'm not crazy about them letting horses ride there, but they do so keep an eye out and moderate your speed. Aug 15, 2015
One of my favorite rides. This park is fantastic. Long, flowing roller coaster stuff is found throughout the park. Very well done trails built by riders and hikers. Please be mindful of hikers, as much of the traffic here is hikers and campers - it is a state park... As far as the equestrian traffic, it is limited to the south part of the park - Sundance and adjoining trail system. Jun 14, 2017

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