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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.

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  • Super accessible! Not even an hour from Denver, it's a fun afternoon trip. The trails are well developed and have a pretty minor incline in most spots, so it's definitely a good option for people of all ages and ability levels. Do keep in mind that this is not a drivable park-- all of the parking is located at the trailheads, so to get to most of the overlooks requires several miles of hiking each way. The views are worth it though, and there's lots of wildlife to be seen if you're quiet and considerate

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  • Gorgeous new park, especially in Autumn! The hike to the waterfall was unbelievable. Wish they'd post a notice that speakers aren't allowed in the park. A LOT of people were blasting garbage from bluetooth speakers. Never seen such rude people. Trying to enjoy my walk and having to listen to 80's music every few minutes instead of the wind in the trees.

  • A little known gem. Serene mountain valleys surrounded by granite spires. Great hiking (and biking) trails. Mother Nature at her best.

  • 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!

  • Amazing park!! great hikes and views. They are still growing and building new facilities.

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