Staunton State Park
About Staunton State Park, Pine
Staunton State Park is a Colorado state park in Park and Jefferson counties, located 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Conifer, Colorado. The 3,908-acre (1,582 ha) park, which opened on May 18, 2013, includes dramatic rock outcroppings, several streams and a waterfall. On December 4, 2012, the property was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Staunton Ranch-Rural Historic Landscape. The park was created out of a gift by Francis H. Staunton, who donated the original 1,720 acres to the State of Colorado. Ms. Staunton required the land "be preserved in perpetuity, for public benefit, as a natural wilderness-type park... typifying Colorado's most beautiful mountain forest and meadow region". Since 1986, the State of Colorado acquired additional lands through the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) lottery proceeds. These include the Elk Falls Ranch, portions of the Davis Ranch, and property once owned by playwright Mary Coyle Chase. In 2015 former Colorado Legislator Allen Dines donated his 80-acre (32 ha) ranch to the park, bringing its total acreage to 3,908 acres (1,582 ha). The Staunton Ranch was added to the National Register of Historic Places for exemplifying a pattern of homesteading, ranching, and use as a summer resort. It is also considered notable for its rustic architecture and for containing the area's only sawmill. The park's recreational offerings include rock climbing, multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, stream and pond fishing, and picnicking.Wikipedia
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As far as hiking spots close to Denver, Staunton State Park is definitely up there. Beautiful views, well-maintained trails, and some interesting historical sites. Only downside is that because it's the newest state park in Colorado, it's still under construction in some areas. Doesn't detract from the natural beauty, though!
Traveled from NewYork in a 1984 Ford van that was tired by the time we got there. Paid $7 for a 12 hour parking pass that didn't expire till noon the next day. In the middle of our time allotted the park ranger said sense its a day use park even though we had time left on our pass he said it didn't matter and charged my girlfriend and I for unlawful use of state land. We are traveling with very little money and even with our situation explained, our old van with a tired engine and warn tires this park ranger still saw it necessary to charge us with $110 in fines for doing nothing. Sense we are traveling he wrote our court dates out a month and on different days, pretty much forced us to pay his unnecessary fine for trying to stay in the time our parking pass said we had left. Place was half closed and under construction, I feel they needed money for their project. Kinda a crooked place. Wouldn't recommend going there for any
Staunton State Park is great for its moderate trails. Hiking up to the Old Mill trail is worth it if you're into old building structures such as I am. Everyone I encountered was extremely friendly and one of the cleanest state parks I've ever been to.
Lots of good trails and variable scenery. Plenty of trees without so many that you can't see anything else. It gets crowded pretty quick on the weekends, and most people head out on the main trail. If there were more trailheads at the entrance, I would have given 5 stars.
Good horseback riding trails, beautiful park HOWEVER, if you have a horse trailer over 20feet long parking is AWFUL! It is obvious the people that designed the horse trailer parking and the entrance and exit of the park have NEVER pulled a trailer that is larger than a car.. Hope I never have to maneuver the lots when crowded.
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