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CPW_HPST_3/17 Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. cpw.state.co.us cpw.state.co.us 12102 S. Elk Creek Road • Pine, Colorado 80470 (303) 816-0912 • E-mail: staunton.park@state.co.us Staunton State Park Help Protect Your Park Directions Frances H. Staunton asks you, as her beneficiary, to enjoy this land—and protect it. Please: • Stay on marked trails and share the multi-use trail. • Keep your pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet and clean up after them. • Grill and cook in designated areas only. Be sure your fire is out before you leave. • Climb without bolting or fixed protection. • Carry out all trash and food. Left behind, it can be harmful to wildlife. •R  eport problems or hazards to a park ranger. A copy of full park regulations is available at the entrance station. From Denver: Take US Highway 285 south to Shaffers Crossing, about 6 miles west of Conifer. Turn north on Elk Creek Road and follow the signs 1.5 miles to the park entrance. Golden Banner ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS Shaffers Crossing Conifer Staunton State Park E-470 C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E S taunton State Park is the legacy of Frances H. Staunton. As her beneficiaries, present and future generations are entrusted with this land—to enjoy, protect, and treasure as she did. Frances H. Staunton’s parents homesteaded this site around the turn of the 20th century, established Staunton Ranch, and gradually expanded it from 160 to 1,720 acres. Frances cherished the land, maintaining it in its nearpristine condition throughout her life. Before her death in 1989, she donated it to future generations as a state park. She required in her will that 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.” The park is a mosaic of low grasslands, rocky foothills, soaring granite cliffs, and lush stream corridors. Staunton Cabin Dramatic Elk Falls drops nearly 100 feet into North Elk Creek and spectacular Lions Head stands tall as the park’s rocky sentry. The park’s history of human uses includes ranching, the Staunton family retreat, a turn-of-the-20th century saw mill, and a sportsman’s club. The Staunton Ranch is the heart of the park. Later acquisitions expanded the park to approximately 3,908 acres. These include the historic Elk Falls, Davis Ranches, property owned by former Colorado State Senator Alan Dines and by Mary Coyle Chase, Colorado’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author of “Harvey.” The park will be developed in phases over the next few years, so visit often to see more natural wonders and enjoy more recreational opportunities. Staunton State Park Co Rd 73 Evergreen Denver 70 Golden 70 Location Map Trails Habitat Variety From high grassy meadows at 8,100 feet, to soaring granite cliffs over 10,000 feet, the park’s geology, soils, water features, and climate create a rich variety of habitats—and make Staunton State Park an excellent outdoor classroom. Mixed conifer forests and riparian areas support the highest levels of tree, plant, and wildlife diversity. Grazing elk favor the aspen and conifer/ aspen forests. Montane grasslands are a tapestry of native wildflowers and grasses (and their pollinators). Wet meadow systems support abundant plant and wildlife communities and contribute to the health of the watershed. Depending on the season, sharp-eyed visitors may see yellowbellied marmots, tufted-ear Abert’s squirrels, coyotes, or wild turkeys. Check the website for scheduled programs about the park’s natural resources and history. Recreation Resources Staunton is a day-use only park. Recreation opportunities abound year-round for visitors of all ages and abilities, including picnicking, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Overnight camping is planned in later phases of park development. There’s a trail suitable for every visitor who wants to experience the park up close and personal—on foot, by bike, or on horseback. Trails take you to every part of the park. Take a family nature walk to Davis Ponds. Ride your bike or horse to the Old Mill Site or Elk Falls Overlook. Check with the park for trail conditions and seasonal closures. Share the Trail Staunton State Park trails, hiking only and multi-use, are clearly marked, so it’s easy to find the right trail type for you. Share the trail and respect other users by: • Staying on the trail. Shortcutting destroys vegetation and increases erosion. • Moving to the uphill side of the trail to let others pass. • Alerting other users before you pass them. • Admiring wildflowers and rocks, but leaving them for others to enjoy. • Keeping your pets on a leash at all times. CR elev. 9150 ft. elev. 9450 ft. 1.1 miles 2.5 miles 0.7 miles 0.9 miles 2.15 miles 0.35 miles 1.0 miles 4.5 miles 2.5 miles 0.9 miles 1.5 miles 3.3 miles 2.0 miles Bugling Elk Trail Border Line Trail Chase Meadow Chimney Rock Trail Climbing Access Trail Davis Ponds Trail Elk Falls Trail Lion’s Back Trail Mason Creek Trail Marmot Passage Trail Old Mill Trail Scout Line Trail Staunton Ranch Trail West Meadow Trail BE BL CM CR CA DP EF LB MC MP OM SL SR WM 1.5 miles 2.32 miles Bear Paw Trail BP 94 93 20 EF Elk Falls MP 0.5 mi .35 mi 2.0 mi MP 80 0 92 8 Staunton Cabin District Hiking, Biking, & Horseback Riding Hiking Trail Only Restroom Parking Area BL Segment Marker Scenic Overlook Closed to Public Access 40 ft Contour Interval Park Boundary Service Roads Roads 0 9320 0 CA DP 8200 Davis Ponds OM 0.125 0.25 elev. 9410 ft. (no park access) SL 92 4 0 90 8 0 89 2 0 87 6 0 1.2 mi 92 0 Staunton Rocks Residential Area SR BL 0 1.0 mi 0 1.5 mi 9.99 Segment Distance Legend Group Picnic Area Entrance Station Climbing Area 0.6 mi Elk Falls Overlook 0.9 mi 9120 9240 9000 Lions Head LB Trail Key (mileage is one way) elev. 8846 ft. Elk Falls Pond BE BE 90 4 WM 80 94 0.5 0 83 6 DP CM 0.7 mi 85 20 SR k El 0 86 4 Ro ad 0.75 k Cr ee 1 Miles elev. 8215 ft. MC 0.6 mi 0.3 mi elev. 9402 ft. MC Catamount Overlook 94 00 0.5 mi SR 1.8 mi elev. 9509 ft. BP 2.3 mi Pikes Peak Overlook elev. 9579 ft. 95 20 Eagle Cliffs Overlook Old Mill Site 88 8 Staunton State Park 0 0 920 92 4 94 00 0 90 8 MC • Share the rocks with the raptors that call these rocks home. Watch for and abide by all posted seasonal closures for nesting raptors. • Climb without bolting or fixed protection. • Minimize your impact every time you climb. Choose routes that do not disturb vegetation. • Stay on designated trails as you approach Staunton Rocks. Staunton Rocks are spectacular rocky outcroppings in the park—and the ones that are closest to the park entrance for climbing. Be a steward of the park’s natural resources by following these guidelines for safe and responsible climbing: Climbing • Cell phone service in the park is limited. In case of an emergency call 911. First Aid assistance is available from park rangers. • Mountain weather can change quickly. Dress in layers and carry rain gear. • The park ranges in elevation from 8,100 to over 10,000 feet, so bring water, sunscreen, and a hat to protect against dehydration and sunburn. Staunton State Park offers you the best in a Colorado mountain experience. But keep in mind: Enjoy Your Park Safely

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