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The trail to the overlook above Helen Hunt Falls in North Cheyenne Canon Park. Seth Boster, The Gazette

North Cheyenne Cañon Park, one of Colorado Springs’ most popular recreation spots, is being gated overnight to “curtail illegal activity that regularly occurs,” the city’s parks department said.

The gate closures will be in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. when the park is closed.

Kurt Schroeder, parks maintenance and operations manager, said the “implementation of this gate system will benefit the long-term health and safety” of the park.

The city did not say what illegal activity is happening in the park after dark.

Overnight gates have been in place at Garden of the Gods since 2018 and at Palmer Park since 2015.

North Cheyenne Cañon Park is home to Mount Cutler, Seven Bridges and St. Mary’s Falls. The closure started last week.

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