After the eight long years of preparation period, now the top of Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain is about to open to the public for the first time. The park was last opened in 2006 to the public. In 2009, the city purchased most of the land on the top of the mountain. In 2011, the work on the upper trail system was begun.
Mitchell Martin, park manager of Colorado Springs stated that Cheyenne Mountain State Park hoped to host a soft opening of the new Dixon Trail by Friday but was delayed because the trail system was not quite ready. Soon, it will see a small soft opening which later be followed by a grand opening in October.
Martin also said, roughly about 100 years ago, the top of the mountain was a homestead and had been privately owned until it was incorporated into the park.
The Cheyenne is a triple-peaked mountain in El Paso country, Colorado which is the southwest of downtown Colorado Springs. It is a centre for military, communications, recreational, and residential functions. To monitor North American airspace for missile launches and Soviet military aircraft during the Cold War, the underground operations center for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) was built here. However, in 2006, many of its functions were transferred to Peterson Air Force Base.
On the top of one of the perks of Cheyenne Mountain’s peaks is an antenna farm with transmitters for cellular phone, radio, television, and law enforcement transmitters.
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