11:31am

Sat May 18, 2013
Environment

Say Hello To Staunton, Colorado’s Newest Park

Francis Staunton's donation of over 1,700 homestead acres and recently acquired surrounding areas make up the new Staunton State Park
Credit Friends of Staunton State Park

About nine miles west of Conifer a new state park is opening May 18th.

It has been almost 30 years since Frances H. Staunton turned over her 1,720-acre mountain ranch to the state of Colorado, stipulating that it was "to be preserved in perpetuity" as a state park, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. This weekend her vision will become a reality. Her namesake, Staunton State Park, opens to the public.

Park Hours
Grand Opening Weekend: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Starting Monday, May 20 regular summer hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Parking
Grand Opening weekend parking is at one of two lots where free shuttles will take visitors into the park. Shuttles run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Some activities will be offered all day, such as a kids craft station, trail etiquette and safety education, kids fishing, and many more family friendly activities. Scheduled activities and reservation required activities are listed below.

Grand Opening Activities

 Saturday May 18th
9am-11am Pond Exploration
9am-12pm Fishing Demo
10am-3pm Kids Climbing Wall
10am-11am Live Raptor Program
11am-2pm Face Painting
1pm-3pm Time Travel Music

Sunday May 19th
9am-11am Pond Exploration
10am-3pm Kids Mtn. Bike Course
10:30-11:30am Fly Fishing Demo
11am-12pm Live Raptor Program
12pm-3pm Face Painting
1pm-3pm Time Travel Music
 2:30-3:30pm Fly Fishing Demo 

Guided Walks - Require Reservations

Saturday May 18th
10am-11am Wildflower Discovery
10:30am-12pm Uncovering History
12:30pm-1:30pm Tree Discovery
2pm-3pm Wildflower Discovery

Sunday May 19th
10:30am-12pm Uncovering History
11am-12pm Wildflower Discovery
12:30pm-1:30pm Tree Discovery
2pm-3pm Wildflower Discovery


Space is limited on these guided hikes. Please make a reservation by emailing staunton.park@state.co.us