Stratton Open Space is a diverse region of five ecosystems including ponderosa pine forest, scrub oak brush land, high meadow grassland, cattail marshes and a riparian area. The area contains a wide variety of wildlife and wildflowers. Eight miles of trails range from easy to difficult. One of the region’s most popular mountain biking trails–the Chutes–is in Stratton.
There are trails for everyone, including hiking-only trails for those wishing to avoid cyclists. The Chamberlain Trail through Stratton will eventually be the key north-south trail on the west side of the city.
Parking is available at three trailheads: off Ridgeway and Cheyenne Blvd, La Veta off Cresta Road, and just past the Starsmore Discovery Center (at the entrance to North Cheyenne Cañon.) Take 21st Street south from Hwy. 24. The road turns into Cresta. Head west on La Veta, just south of Cheyenne Mountain High School. To reach the Ridgeway trailhead, continue south on Cresta, turn right at Cheyenne Blvd, then right again on Ridgeway (note trail/open space signage at turn).