CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
For a town that hosts a state park, there's not much talk about it. Sure, there's plenty of outdoor recreation to feast upon locally for free. But take a day to pay admission - or take advantage of free holidays - and enjoy this place deserving of protection. It's no wonder it was established in 2006, what with its rare plains-Lo-peaks geography. The 9,564-foot Cheyenne Mountain overlooks meadows with paths braiding to the foothills covered in Gambel oak and ponderosa pine. The park has extended a challenge this year to complete all 18 of its mostly mixed-use, mostly moderate trails amounting to roughly 21 miles. Some are more stellar than others, but solitude is guaranteed with a strong chance for discovery. Stick around at the campground.
— SETH BOSTER