One of the most visited outdoor recreation areas in Colorado Springs, North Cheyenne Canyon, will shut down for forestry and spring maintenance starting this week.

According to the City of Colorado Springs, the temporary closure of North Cheyenne Cañon Park will take effect from 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM on May 12, 13, 19, and 20. Due to the nature of the work, all vehicles, cyclists, and hikers are advised to respect the closure. The main gate will remain closed during these times with closure signs posted.

“The temporary closures will allow for critical forestry and maintenance operations to take place in the park. Work includes the removal of approximately 30-40 dead and hazardous trees, which will help reduce future risk of falling trees,” city officials stated in a Facebook post.

North Cheyenne Cañon Park is located in Colorado Springs. The park’s entrance can be found at the intersection of Cheyenne Boulevard, South Cheyenne Canyon Road, Evans Avenue, and North Cheyenne Canyon Road. Here’s a look at where it’s located on the map.

The park attracts more than 450,000 visitors a year, laced with a variety of hiking trails including the Columbine, Mt. Cutler, St. Mary’s Falls, Captain Jack’s Trail, and Seven Bridges.

While the COVID-19 pandemic, along with normal closures, has made it seem like a lot of Colorado’s great outdoors are shutting down, there are still a number of options available, including state parks. Those who continue to seek outdoor recreation during the state’s safer-at-home phase (set to last through at least May 27) are encouraged to stay within 10 miles of their home.

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