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Runners take a morning loop after the sun rises over Stratton Open Space overlooking the Broadmoor neighborhood in Colorado Springs
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.
The sky over Stratton Open Space glows in the early morning hours overlooking the southwest side of Colorado Springs and Cheyenne Mountain
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.
Stratton Open Space has an ample amount of trails to choose from
Stratton Open is space is located in the Southwest area of Colorado Springs. It has multiple access points. Some of our favorite trails start from the lower parking lots. One parking lot is located at the entrance to North Cheyenne Canyon Park which is also a Colorado Springs city park. While another parking lot is located a bit to the east which allows access to trails at a lower elevation. The last parking lot is located immediately adjacent to Cheyenne Mountain High School. Stratton open space is also accessible via Gold Camp Road. This access point allows visitors to reap the benefits of some amazing views of Colorado Springs, simply by driving up the road. Obviously, we prefer boot leather to a motorized vehicle, but this spot is a great overlook of Colorado Springs and pretty easy to get to.
Looking towards the north from Stratton Open Space offers an incredible view of Colorado Springs
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 on the local wildlife. Especially during the springtime when migratory songbirds next in native grasslands close to trails. The spring and summer 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.
Things to Look for
From wildlife watching to mountain biking, Stratton Open Space is home to world-class recreation opportunities. Some of the wildlife you can expect to see include Mule Deer, Coyotes, migratory songbirds, and even raptors who nest in the high cliffs above the open space along Gold Camp Road. Additionally, in the spring and summer, you can expect to see a plethora of wildflowers.
Mountain Bluebells cover the landscape during the summer months at Stratton Open Space
With the high desert in Colorado comes native plants and wildflowers that have flourished in our region for many years. Stratton Open Space provides a glimpse into this natural, Rocky Mountain Front Range, montane life zone which can bring a number of natural wonders to explore. One of those being the high desert cacti native to Colorado.
With Cheyenne Mountain and the Broadmoor Hotel behind a Colorado native, Prickly Pear cactus reveals its full bloom
The Colorado native, Prickly Pear cactus is an edible plant that was used by the Native Americans who once roamed free in our region. These tribes included the Arapaho nation, the Cheyenne nation, the Pueblo tribes, the Shoshone tribe, the Comanche tribe, the Kiowa tribe, and the Navajo tribe.
A Colorado native, Prickly Pear Cactus boasts its beautiful yellow bloom during the summer months
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