The Cheyenne Mountain Run

Sat October 12, 2019 Colorado Springs, CO US 80926 Directions

The Cheyenne Mountain Run on October 12, 2019 will feature two trail races, a 25K for the more advanced trail runner and a 3 mile trail run for all to enjoy.

In the Fall of 2018, the Dixon Trail was opened at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs CO and it provides access to points near the top of Cheyenne Mountain. The race will start at 9:00 at the Limekiln Trailhead at an elevation of 6,000 feet and follows the Talon and North Talon Trails to the start of the Dixon Trail. Runners will follow the Dixon Tail to the top meadow and will briefly turn onto Mountain Loop Trail and starting a counterclockwise loop the includes an uphill section on a rocky jeep trail to the top and end point of the Dixon Trail. At the top of the Dixon Trail at an elevation of 9,200 feet runners will turn left and downhill for the entire 4.5 miles of the Dixon trail and return to the Limekiln Trailhead finish line on North Talon and Talon Trails. Total elevation gain and loss will be about 3,200 over the 25K distance.

The loop on the top has been added to the course used last year to reduce congestion on the upper steeper single track sections of the Dixon Trail and to provide several exception view points.

Our top of the mountain split time will be recorded at the top of the Dixon Trail and we will have an aid station there also.

Due to the safety of both runners and volunteers we will have a CUT OFF TIME of 10:45am at the Dixon saddle. This is at the 2.5 mile mark on the Dixon Trail and about 5.8 mile miles from the start. This point is where the trail increases in steepness and elevation gain. Because this is mostly an out and back course, hiking poles are not allowed. The finish line timing station will close at 2:30pm,

In addition to the water stop at the top of the Dixon Trail there will be water stops at the Talon/Sundance and Talon/North Talon junctures and one just up the lower section of the Dixon Trail. From the lower Dixon Trail water stop to the top of the Dixon Trail aid station runners will need to carry their own hydration and be prepared for weather changes. We will have course marshals, communication methods and a great aid station on the top, but there won’t be a way off the top other than coming back down the race course to the Limekiln parking lot.

The 3 Mile race will start at 9:30 am and will follow the Talon Trail to the Sundance Trail juncture at about 1.5 miles. The race turns right onto the Sundance Trail and returns to the finish line at the Limekiln Trailhead. This is a loop course with one water stop at the Talon/Sundance junction.

State Park Duo Series - Run the Canyon then the Mountain!

Want to double your running experience at Colorado state parks?  Here's how...

Presenting the inaugural State Park Duo Series - “Run the Canyon, then the Mountain”.  Two exciting races to experience for a reduced price.

  • The Dam Run at Castlewood Canyon - Sept 15th - Castlewood Canyon State Park - 5K and 10K.
      For more info on this race, see
  • The Cheyenne Mountain Run - Oct 12th - Cheyenne Mountain State Park - 3 mile and 25K

In addition to the challenging course and beautiful scenery at The Cheyenne Mountain Run, challenge yourself with another trail run at Castlewood Canyon State Park.  Castlewood Canyon is a hidden treasure for hikers and trail runners.The Park is a Colorado Natural Area providing abundant wildlife, plant, and geologic viewing opportunities. The theme of the Run, a surprising remnant of local history, is on display at the ruins of Castlewood Dam. This historic dam burst during a storm in 1933, sending a wave of water flooding into Denver.  Runners participating in the 10K run will pass this unexpected window to the past, as well as the historic Lucas Homestead site.

This is a GREAT opportunity to support both Friends of CMSP and Friends of CCSP!  Receive a special commemorative gift if you participate and finish both races!  Register for both runs today and receive one of the following discounted combo pricing:

Short Series: The Dam Run at Castlewood Canyon 5K and the Cheyenne Mountain 3 Mile Run
Present to August 15th:  $50 for both runs
After Aug 15th to September 14th:  $55 for both runs

Long Series: The Dam Run at Castlewood Canyon 10K and the Cheyenne Mountain Run 25K
Present to August 15th:  $85 for both runs
After August 15th to September 14th:  $100 for both runs

Dixon Trail Work for The Cheyenne Mountain Run

The Cheyenne Mountain Run on October 12 will go to the top of Cheyenne Mountain and back.  This is possible because of great trail work by several organizations and volunteers.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park
410 JL Ranch Heights
Colorado Springs, CO US 80926
25K Course Map
Race Day Registration Fees

3M - $35
25K - $70

Note that race day registration fees are more expensive than pre-registration fees, thus register early and save some bucks.


The awards breakout for The Cheyenne Mountain Run is as follows.

3 Mile:
Top 3 Overall (men and women)
Top 1 Age Group (men and women)
Age Groups are: 1-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

Top 3 Overall (men and women)
Top 1 Age Group (men and women)
Age Groups are: 1-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

For both distances, the Top 3 Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards.

Packet Pickup

Early packet pickup is from 1 - 6:30 PM on Friday, Oct 11th, at the Visitor's Center in Cheyenne Mountain State Park.  You can also pickup your packet on race morning starting at 7:30 AM.

Registration Limits

The 25K course has a limit of 400 registrations.  The limit is due to the two-way traffic on the narrow and steep sections of the Dixon trail.  There is no limit on the 3 Mile course.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Dixon Level
Talon Level
Sundance Level
In-Kind Sponsors
Dixon Level
Talon Level
Sundance Level
In-Kind Sponsors