Stratton Open Space

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The South Suburban Reservoir, located adjacent to Stratton Open Space, will be closed to the public starting Wednesday, Oct. 14 through the spring of 2021. The area, a popular destination for dog owners, generally closes seasonally for the winter between first freeze and ice melt.

The extended closure this year will allow Colorado Springs Utilities to help ensure public safety while water levels are reduced in the reservoir to facilitate a periodic, required inspection of the dam by the State Engineer’s Office. The reservoir, built in 1932, serves as local water storage and has a capacity of 241 acre-feet.

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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.

    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.

    © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org.

    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

    Management Plan

    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