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If you're visiting Colorado Springs during the summer, consider spending a day at North Cheyenne Cañon Park, located about 6 miles southwest of town. This park comprises more than 1,600 acres at the bottom of a 1,000-foot-deep canyon; the park's differing altitudes can support a vast array of wildlife, including deer, mountain lions and black bears. In addition to miles of hiking trails, you'll also find part of the North Cheyenne Creek – a popular place to swim in the warmer months.
Recent visitors suggested you first visit the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center, located at the park entrance. There you'll find interactive displays devoted to the park's wildlife as well as information on hiking trails to popular sites like Helen Hunt Falls and Seven Falls. Another place to obtain information is the Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center, which is located at the base of Helen Hunt Falls. Reviewers traveling with kids said the trails were relatively easy. They also appreciated the lack of an admission fee.
The park is open to exploration every day from sunrise to sunset, and the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center welcomes intrepid explorers every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the spring and fall. The Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center is only open during the summer; the hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, check out the North Cheyenne Cañon Park's website.
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