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Stratton Open Space offers 318 acres of open space, trails, and wildlife habitat for Colorado Springs. Next, to North Cheyenne Canon, the Stratton Open Space offers five distinct ecosystems, miles of trails, a rich variety of wildlife, and access to the Pike National Forest.
The Stratton Open Space is located adjacent to North Cheyenne Canon Park. Take 21st Street South (this street turns into Cresta Road) and go right on LaVeta Way to the trailhead parking lot. There is also a trailhead on Ridgeway Avenue. The trailhead to the Chamberlain Trail is past Starsmore Discovery Center on the right.
5 a.m. – 9 p.m. (November – March)
5 a.m. – 10 p.m. (April – October)
Gates are locked each evening upon park closure
Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles
The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services department is proudly partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in order to promote environmental stewardship and safeguard the natural, cultural, and historical resources that make Colorado Springs such a fantastic place to live and visit. Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles to help keep our parks, trails, and open spaces healthy and sustainable. Learn more at lnt.org
||Plan ahead and prepare. A little preparation goes a long way! Checking the forecast, planning your route, and reviewing the Rules and Regulations will help prepare you for your Stratton Open Space adventure.|
||Travel on durable surfaces. Stay on designated trails to minimize soil erosion and preserve the Open Space’s natural features. Muddy trails? Hike right through them to prevent trail widening. Please respect all undesignated trail closures.|
||Dispose of waste properly. Please pack out all trash items, including bagged dog waste, or place it into trash cans before leaving the park. This is especially important at “Doggie Beach,” as that reservoir provides us with drinking water!|
||Leave what you find. From wildflowers to interesting insects, Stratton Open Space is full of fascinating features! Remember to take pictures of these fun finds and leave them where they are for other park users to discover.|
||Be careful with fire. Sparks and grassy meadows don’t mix. Fires, grilling, and smoking are prohibited at Stratton Open Space. Do your part and help us protect this area from wildfires|
||Respect wildlife. Stratton Open Space provides essential habitat for a variety of animals. Please observe all wildlife from safe distances and never feed them. Always keep your pet on a leash for everyone’s safety.|
||Be considerate of others. Enhance the experience of other Stratton Open Space visitors by sharing the trail. Cyclists should always ride in control and alert others if approaching from behind. Be mindful of “Hiker Only” and “Bike-Only” trails.|
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The preservation of the Stratton Open Space was made possible through partnership and widespread community support:
- Cheyenne Commons
- Citizens of Colorado Springs
- City of Colorado Springs TOPS Program
- Colorado Springs Utilities
- El Pomar Foundation
- Gates Foundation
- Great Outdoors Colorado
- Palmer Foundation
- Trails and Open Space Coalition
The Stratton Open Space Management Plan was adopted by the Park and Recreation Advisory Board on March 10, 2016. We thank the public for their valued input and participation in the public process.
View the approved Stratton Open Space Management Plan
Stratton Open Space Trails
Current Trail Lengths: Chamberlain-Ridgeway Spur: 1.1 miles; Gold Camp Path: .8 miles; Ponderosa: .4 miles; South Suburban Lower Loop: .4 miles; South Suburban Upper Loop: .6 miles; Stratton Springs Path: .5 mile; Upper Meadows Loop: .7 miles; Wildflower Path: .7 miles.
General Description: There are three trailheads that service the Stratton Open Space: 1) La Veta Way off Cresta Rd; 2) Ridgeway off W. Cheyenne Blvd. and 3) trailhead on the north side of the road about .3 miles up the road from the main park gate by the Starsmore Discovery Center. Most of the trails within the Stratton Open Space are easy to moderate in difficulty and offer "loops" that allow users to enjoy the Open Space. Keep in mind that all trails designated as "paths" are for hiking only; equestrians and cyclists may use all of the other loops.
Friends of Stratton Open Space
Friends of Stratton Open Space is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Friends work with the city park ranger to support and improve Stratton Open Space.
Friends of Stratton started in 1996 as Cheyenne Commons Alliance, to preserve the open space when it was threatened with development. Cheyenne Commons advocated for preservation and helped raise the funds needed to purchase the open space, raising about $500,000 of the $5.9 million needed from more than 700 individual donors. After the successful acquisition, Cheyenne Commons Alliance (still the legal name) transitioned to supporting the open space. The Friends provided funds for additional services and amenities and also worked with the Parks staff on volunteer projects to help maintain and improve Stratton Open Space. Over the years, the Friends have also offered informative presentations. These days, the focus is on volunteer projects to improve the trails and natural resources of the open space.