COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Gold Camp Road is closed to vehicles after a boulder fell on the dirt road Sunday afternoon.
The boulder fell between tunnels 1 and 2. The road is closed from the northern boundary of North Cheyenne Cañon Park, north of the Chutes and Ladders trailhead, to the gravel parking lot uphill from Helen Hunt Falls.
The city said the Forest Service is working to determine how to remediate the issue.
Also Monday, the city said Gold Camp Road will be closed from the northern boundary of North Cheyenne Cañon Park to Helen Hunt Falls from May 3-28.
During the closure, crews will be improving and expanding the existing gravel “hub” parking lot at the intersection of North Cheyenne Cañon Road, High Drive, and Gold Camp Road.
During the closure, the road will still be open to hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and motorized vehicles under 50 inches wide. All users are advised to slow down and be aware of construction vehicles in the area.
“These improvements will provide some much-needed parking relief,” David Deitemeyer, senior landscape architect, said in a press release. “While work is underway, though, visitors can expect North Cheyenne Cañon Park to be busy with very limited parking. To ensure a more positive experience, we highly recommend that visitors plan ahead and consider parking near the Starsmore Visitor & Nature Center, and then hike or bike into the park until this lot is complete. We’d like to thank residents and visitors for their patience while we work to make the park experience more enjoyable for all.”
The project, a recommendation from the 2018 North Cheyenne Cañon master plan, will increase the current parking lot count from 75 non-designated spaces to 92 designated stalls. Concrete curb and gutter will be added, along with a paved asphalt surface and accessible parking spaces.
The total cost is $320,000, funded by the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) sales tax. TOPS is a 0.01% sales tax first approved by voters in 1997 that generates approximately $9.5 million annually. It is used exclusively to preserve and steward open space lands, trails and parks.