North Cheyenne Cañon Park
North Cheyenne Cañon Park, known for its towering evergreens and wildflowers, stunning rock formations, hiking paths and waterfalls, was a popular camping ground for American Indians, particularly the Ute tribes.
Purchased in 1885, General Palmer and Fred Chamberlain enhanced the park with more donations of land. The High Drive and Crystal Park Trail traverse the steep sides of the mountains.
The Bruin Inn provided visitors a spot to buy refreshments near Helen Hunt Falls. Eventually, the Columbine Trail was built from the mouth of the Cañon three miles up to Helen Hunt Falls. Between 1914 and the 20s, massive stone bridges, walls and arches were constructed throughout the valley.
North Cheyenne Cañon Park is now 1,626 acres, including the Stratton Open Space. Helen Hunt Falls and Starsmore Discovery Center are popular visitor centers in the park which feature nature exhibits, a climbing wall and educational programs..
Starsmore Discovery Center and Cheyenne Cañon
Each year, more than 450,000 people visit this unique City of Colorado Springs park property. Access to this park is a gift to all of our citizens and visitors. To reduce negative human impact, people can show appreciation for this natural resource by acting responsible: help protect this gift of wild land by cleaning up trash, staying on the designated trails, and by not playing in our precious water supply.
Where is the Creek From and Where Does it Go?
North Cheyenne Creek originates at the Stratton Reservoir on Mount Almagre, (Mount Baldy is a local name). Almagre is the second highest mountain standing to the South of Pikes Peak. Like Pikes Peak, Mount Almagre also rises above the tree line. After flowing over Helen Hunt Falls, the creek continues down North Cheyenne Cañon and meets South Cheyenne Creek near the Starsmore Discovery Center. After leaving the Cañon, Cheyenne Creek flows into Fountain Creek near the Tejon Wetlands. Fountain Creek travels south and empties into the Arkansas River at Pueblo. The Arkansas flows into the Mississippi River and from New Orleans, Louisiana, empties into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Water Can Move You
The water has moved the heavy boulders that you see in the creek. People can easily be swept away by water moving fast over slippery rocks. Do not underestimate the dangerous power of water. Many people have been critically and fatally injured after falling over the waterfalls. Please stay out of the creek!