Stratton Open Space
Aliases: Gold Camp Path, Mesa Reservoirs, Upper Mesa Reservoir, Lower Mesa Reservoir
This large open space has a variety of habitats, from foothills scrub, ponderosa, small reservoirs, and riparian. Foothills breeders and all three nuthatches can be found, as well as a good variety of corvids, and sometimes ducks during the winter on the upper reservoir; rock squirrels, coyotes and deer may be seen with some regularity, and the very fortunate might glimpse a black bear or a mountain lion. This is one of the few locations in Colorado with breeding Ovenbirds.
County: El Paso
Attractions: Scenic views to the east
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest, Mixed-Confer Forest
Directions: From I-25, take Exit 141, Cimarron Street (US 24), west to 21st Street. Turn left (south), following 21st Street until it becomes Cresta Road. Just after passing Cheyenne Mountain High School, turn right on La Veta Way. A small parking area is at the end of this road.
Delorme: 62 B3
Roads of Colorado: 105 E1
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations
Lodging: Hotel in Colorado Springs
Handicapped Access: Limited