The goal of the Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs complex was to have an underground combat operations center to replace the vulnerable above-ground facility at Ent Air Force Base (Fun Fact – Ent Air Force Base is now home to another popular military attraction, the United States Air Force Academy).
This complex would become the home for NORAD, which was the abbreviation for North American Air Defense Command and now stands for North American Aerospace Defense Command.
The Cheyenne Mountain NORAD complex, located inside of Cheyenne Mountain in the southwest corner of Colorado Springs, was excavated by the Army Corps of Engineers, and became fully operational on April 20, 1966.
Today, the Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs complex serves as the Alternate Command Center for NORAD and as a training site for crew qualification. As a result of ongoing operational and security requirements, Cheyenne Mountain NORAD is not open to the general public for tours.
The Pikes Peak region is home to the United States Air Force Academy – one of the area’s major attractions – as well as Fort Carson, Schriever AFB, Peterson AFB and more.
Cheyenne Mountain is also home to Cheyenne Mountain State Park & the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!