Cheyenne Mtn State Park - Big Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,618' 493 m
Descent: -1,604' -489 m
High: 6,870' 2,094 m
Low: 6,022' 1,835 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“The best trails in Cheyenne Mtn State Park, all in one ride!”— The Kraken
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
The official map can be found online at
Need to Know
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
Local Club: Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates
May 22, 2020: Support MWTA – by doing what you’re already doing.
May 8, 2020: Trail sharing etiquette video
Apr 8, 2020: Etiquette: How to Share a Trail
Land Manager: CO Parks & Wildlife Office - Cheyenne Mnt State Park -