Staunton State Park
|Staunton State Park|
|Location||Park & Jefferson counties, Colorado, USA|
|Nearest city||Conifer, CO|
|Area||3,652 acres (1,477.9 ha)|
|Governing body||Colorado Parks and Wildlife|
Staunton State Park is a Colorado state park in Park and Jefferson counties, located 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Conifer, Colorado. The 3,828-acre (1,549.1 ha) park, which opened on May 18, 2013, includes dramatic rock outcroppings, several streams and a waterfall.
The park was created out of a generous 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.
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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