Colorado’s newest State Park opened to the public on May 21. Staunton State Park in Jefferson County offers hiking trails, terrific scenery, and a waterfall. Frances Hornbook Staunton donated 1,720 acres of her land to Colorado State Parks in 1986. Over the years, parcels were added to make up the current 3,828-acre Staunton State Park, including 510 acres from the Elk Falls Ranch; the 1,000-acre Davis Ranch, and the 80-acre parcel that once belonged to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Mary Coyle Chase. Popular features of the Park include the Davis Ponds for fishing and the 10-mile round-trip hike to Elk Falls Overlook, featuring a waterfall. For more information on Staunton State Park, including hours, fees, directions, facilities, and activities, click here.
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