by Nick Clement
on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 12:44pm.
Stratton Forest Open Space | RE/MAX Colorado Springs
If there is one thing we love about Colorado Springs, it is the incredible natural resource we have at our fingertips. Out the back door we have an immense amount of open space, national forest lands, as well as unique trails and incredible opportunities for outdoor recreation, wildlife watching, hiking, mountain biking, and even, fly fishing and hunting. One of our favorite open spaces is no more than a stone's throw from where we live and work: the Broadmoor Area in Colorado Springs. SEARCH BROADMOOR HOMES FOR SALE.
Stratton Open Space has an array of trails for many different uses. One of the more popular trails is Chamberlain Trail which leads up to another incredible trail: Chutes trail. If you love mountain biking and want a truly unique trail that almost feels like a bobsled course you need to check out Chutes trail. This trail has been a longtime favorite of local Colorado Springs mountain bikers.
From the north, take I-25 south and get off on the Nevada South exit. Head South on Nevada and go right when it turns into Cheyenne Blvd. Follow Cheyenne Blvd to the West until you get to Cresta Rd where you can go right to access the most eastern parking lot or continue up towards the Mountains to access the other parking lots mentioned above.
From the South, take I-25 North to Lake St exit. Head West on Lake St. until you reach the Broadmoor Hotel. Then go right this is Mesa Ave. Follow Mesa Ave around the Broadmoor and through one more roundabout until you see a right turn. This continues Mesa Ave. Follow Mesa Ave for about a mile until you see Evans Ave. Go right on Evans Ave. This brings you down to the entrance to Cheyenne Canyon Park. Take a left to access the upper parking lot and a right to access the lower parking lots.
Stratton Open Space has so many trails it is hard to choose just one. For beginners, we recommend heading to the lower parking lot near Cheyenne Mountain High School. This parking lot allows you to access some easier trails when compared to the trails to the west where you will find a much steeper grade and even some nicely built mountain biking features such as high walls, rock jumps and swooping trails that switch back to and from. Additionally, it is required to keep your dogs on a leash. Not only will you get plenty of foul looks from the locals who abide by the rules but if you don't have your dog on a leash you are allowing your dog to potentially have a negative impact the local wildlife. Especially during the springtime when migratory songbirds next in native grasslands close to trails. This time of year is especially sensitive and leaving your dog off leash once can be extremely detrimental to the local songbird population. PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEASH.
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