“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau

The cat is out of the bag. Colorado Springs has been ranked in the top three most desirable cities in the USA by U.S. News & World Report the past few years. With such ease of accessibility to the outdoors and abundance of natural beauty, this should come as no surprise. This Trail Calls edition takes us to Stratton Open Space in southwest Colorado Springs, located at 1504 Ridgeway Ave. With 306 acres of trails, grassland, shrubland, and forest, the park attracts hikers, bikers, dog owners, and nature enthusiasts. The Chamberlain Ridgeway Spur trail is among a few trails that will lead to a short hike up to South Suburban Reservoir where you can take your dog for a scenic beach day. While the enclosed reservoir has been a popular off-leash dog area, always follow and adhere to posted signs. Thanks to the efforts of local citizens, the city purchased the land in 1998 with conservation in mind – and we are grateful they did. 


For an easy to moderate 2-mile hike out and back with a loop around the reservoir, take the Chamberlain Ridgeway Spur trail to the South Suburban Loop.

Trail Etiquette

For a hassle-freeway to pick up after your dog, bring a plastic container with tight-fittinglid in a backpack, along with baggies. Once bagged, store in the container and carry in your backpack so that you can dispose of it when leaving the park. Trash containers can be found near the parking lot. Help keep our parks enjoyable for years to come.

Park Hours

8:00 am– 6:00 pm, Monday through Sunday


Hiking, biking, trail running, reservoir access, dog-friendly!

About the author

Angela Anderson - Certified Personal Trainer
Angela Anderson
Certified Personal Trainer at Be The Change Health

Owner of Be the Change Health, Wellness and Fitness, Independent Beachbody Coach and Certified Personal Trainer.