What To Do In Cimarron Hills, CO
Located just 20 miles south of Montrose, Cimarron Hills Colorado is a census designated place in El Paso County, Colorado with a population of 16,161 as of the 2010 census. An unincorporated area of Colorado Springs, Cimarron Hills is a small, quiet community with vast views of the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak. Cimarron Hills is a growing community although vacancy rates are lower than the national average due to the presence of seven universities and technical schools in the area.
Prior to the 1850s it is believed that the Tabequache Utes traveled through the area on their journey between their summer destination in Gunnison east of Cimarron Hills and the Uncompahgre Valley, which was their winter destination. An explorer by the name of Captain John Gunnison passed through the area in 1853 in search of a possible route for a transcontinental railroad. The explorers in his party found a demanding traverse in the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River canyon and left discouraged. It was determined that this rugged terrain was unsuitable for a railroad.
Cimarron Hills soon developed into an authentic railroad town with station facilities and a roundhouse. Although the original purpose was link shipments of ore from mines in the San Juan mountains, scenic excursions were starting to run though Cimarron Hills during the latter part of the 19th century. The Black Canyon Hotel and Eating House was established in Cimarron Hills and rail passengers soon began to anticipate the stop and Cimarron Hills became known for its hospitality. Rock Island Railroad built a main line from Colorado Spring to Limon and Cimarron Hills became a hub for railroad travel. Two railroads provided passenger service between Cimarron Hills and Limon starting in 1939.
By 1949, narrow gauge railroads were becoming a thing of the past. Rail lines were replaced by large trucks and improved highways. The rail yards and corrals of Cimarron Hills grew empty. 1949 also marked the last scenic excursion train ride from Gunnison to Cimarron Hills. The tracks were removed in 1980 although the U-shaped grade can still be seen as a landmark on aerial maps of Cimarron Hills.
Visitors to the area today will find a visitor center where the railroad town of Cimarron Hills was once located. Run by the National Park Service, the visitor center also includes an outdoor exhibit which pays homage to the Cimarron Hills’s railroad history and the ranching community. With a walk-friendly reputation, an abundance of parks, street festivals and an active theater community, Cimarron Hills has something for everyone.
Some of our Favorite Activities
Some of our favorite ways to explore Cimarron Hills are listed in our mini guide below.
Food and Drink
Visiting Cimarron Hills means an exciting assortment of bars and restaurants great for both singles and families. Asian food tops the market here so if you appreciate authentic Korean food, then you are in luck. There are also family restaurants, seasonal breweries and amazing coffee houses to enjoy. Be sure to explore some local favorites while you are in town.
Nano 18 Brewery
Nano 18 is the first seasonal brewery in Colorado to brew flavors from around the world, right on site. They don’t serve food, but they usually have a food truck or two parked outside the front door. The Pilsner is smooth and they fill beer growlers for you to take with you. Try the Cascadian Dark Ale (Black IPA) and the rosemary gravy fries from the Pig Latin food truck. Their tap offerings change often so be sure to check the website for the beers on tap.
Try a pint at: 2402 Wanoka Road, Cimarron Hills, CO 80915
Give them a call at: 719.596.BEER
Sura Korean Restaurant
The exterior is misleading but don’t let that fool you; step inside and you will find authentic Korean fare. The Bulgogi and Kimche pancake are a favorite and the Ramen will help you understand what true Ramen is all about. They also offer Korean barbecue (beef, pork or chicken) which comes complete with a portable grill skillet so you can cook it yourself at your table. Sura is locally owned and a local favorite in Cimarron Hills.
Try something different at: 1683 Jet Wing Drive, Cimarron Hills, CO 80916
Give them a call at: (719) 434-7801
Suri Ridge Coffee House
Founded in the nearby community of Falcon, Colorado in 2013, Suri Ridge Coffee House is a locally, veteran-owned coffee shop. The shop will has a Veteran’s Outreach Program to assist veterans in need and also has a small book lending system. This is a charming little place that also serves breakfast burritos and pastries. Suri Ridge is wifi accessible. They even have a white espresso on the menu.
Grab some local java at: 656 Peterson Road, Cimarron Hills, CO 80915
Call them at: (719) 574-0093
Cimarron Hills boasts a number of sprawling parks, great for a day out of doors. Park amenities include, picnic facilities, tennis courts softball, soccer and baseball fields and horseshoe pits. All of the activities are handicap accessible. Cimarron Hills Park also has a dog park so bring the kids and the dogs and let them romp around together.
With a flawless view of Pikes Peak, Remington Park is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Cimarron Hills. The park is also great for little ones. It has slides, toddler swings and safe play areas for all ages. Pack a lunch or some snacks and take a break at one of the picnic benches on site. Remington Park also has an abundance of natural shade if you just want to steal a quick nap.
Remington Park is located at: 2750 Pony Tracks Drive, Cimarron Hills, CO 80922
Cimarron Hills Dog Park
Traveling with your furry friend? Then head on over to Cimarron Hills Dog Park. No matter if your pup fits in your pocket or if they are larger than a horse; Cimarron Hills Dog Park has specific areas for dogs of all sizes. This is a calm and peaceful environment, accepting of new dogs. There is also a running faucet with water bowls to help keep Fido hydrated.
Find your dog’s nirvana at: Shawnee Drive, Cimarron Hills, CO 80915
Regardless of the time of year, Stetson Park is a perfect location for an outing. Complete with a basketball court, a skate park and a steep hill for sledding, you can find fun activities here during every season. Stetson Park also has play structures for the little ones and a separate area for bigger kids. The park also has access to the Sand Creek Trail system which spans 3 miles.
Stetson Park can be found at: 4870 Jedediah Smith Road, Cimarron Hills, CO 80922
Give them a call at: (719) 385-2489