The new accessible recreational Starsmore Nature Trail provides a naturally-surfaced connection to the visitor center as well as improved access to North Cheyenne Creek. Recommended by the North Cheyenne Cañon Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. that was approved in 2018, additional improvements include new signage and wayfinding; a log bench that overlooks the creek; and trail upgrades to the existing Columbine Trail.
Over two billion years of geologic history are featured in “Mountains in Time,” a new permanent exhibit where visitors can discover the foundation beneath the scenery of North Cheyenne Cañon and the Pikes Peak Region. In addition to rocks from the park, visitors will see fossils of sea creatures and other prehistoric life. The exhibit will serve as a vital teaching tool for the more than 5,500 school children who visit annually.
The total project cost was $30,000. Friends of Cheyenne Cañon provided $20,000 through a grant made possible by Mary Starsmore’s estate, managed by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. The remaining funds were provided by Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS).