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Hummingbirds flock to North Cheyenne Cañon every year.

This 1,600-acre park provides good habitat for large animals such as the Black Bear, Mountain Lion and Mule Deer, and water-loving birds, like the Belted Kingfisher, American Dipper and Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Each year, approximately 500,000 people visit this unique City of Colorado Springs park.  Access to this park is a gift to all of our citizens and visitors from General William Jackson Palmer, our City’s founder.  Please help protect this valuable resource by cleaning up trash, staying on the designated trails, and by not playing in our precious water supply.

Mule Deer frequently linger on trails and along roadsides during quieter times of the day.  A Mule deer’s finely-tuned sense of hearing help it to detect danger.734054_212252518961395_2002280881_n[1]

Fox squirrel, rock and pine squirrels can be seen year-round, searching for nuts, seeds, and acorns.  Though tempting, resist the urge to feed squirrels or other wildlife for the health of the animal and your own safety.

Black bears are frequent visitors in and around the park.  Please make sure if you pack your food in that you pack it out, or use the Bear-Safe trash bins labeled REFUSE.  The bears will stay healthy and picnickers will stay safe.  Click here for what to do if you see a bear.

Mountain lions are native to this area and will feast on both small and large game in the Cañon.  They use their keen eyesight and excellent hearing to stealthily sneak up on prey.  Stay on trails and make noise to avoid sneaking up on a mountain lion or its potential prey.  Packing your trash out of the Cañon will keep the animals from lingering in the area.  Also, know the signs mountain lions leave behind to detect when they may be nearby.