(Last Updated On: April 16, 2022)

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Staunton State Park is a state park in Colorado located in Pine, and is around 40 miles southwest of the city of Denver. The park offers hiking, biking, horseback riding, and geocaching with breathtaking views of Colorado Front Range Mountains.


There are a number of activities available to Staunton State Park visitors.

Here are just a few of the many amusements at Staunton park:

Biking At Staunton State Park

The various trails throughout Staunton State Park are largely multi-use, meaning that mountain bikers can take advantage of the various paths that explore the park. Keep in mind that many of the trails are also open to both pedestrian and equestrian use and that all visitors should share the roads. Before setting off on your next mountain biking adventure in the park, make sure to check if the trails you plan to visit allow bikers, as there are a few pedestrian-only trails throughout the park.

Hiking At Staunton State Park

Staunton State Park offers miles of trails with natural surfaces that allow visitors to explore the nearly 4,000 acres that make up this incredible park. The trails take hikers up toward the mountains, or down through the meadows, all while passing by some of the most beautiful scenery in Colorado. Keep in mind that the trails are largely multi-use, meaning that pedestrians, bikers, and horseback riders are all sharing the same pathways. In case of right of way disputes, horses always have the right of way, followed by bikers and finally pedestrians.

Here are some of the trails at Staunton State Park:

  • Davis Ponds Trail – This trail takes visitors along wildlife and wildflower viewing areas, and provides access to various fishing areas throughout the park. While the elevation is largely controlled, the trail is not considered ADA-accessible. Length: 2.3 miles Degree of Difficulty: easy
  • Lion’s Back Trail – Anyone looking to get incredible pictures should check out this trail. Hikers are treated to a spectacular view of the overlook, and the trail connects to a longer, 10.8-mile hike that leads to the Elk Falls Overlook. Length: 1 mile Degree of Difficulty: moderate
  • Climbing Access Trail – This trail leads to unique granite formations, and allows climbers to access some of the climbing locations in the park. Keep in mind that this trail is for hikers only. Length: 0.9 mile Degree of Difficulty: challenging

Mobility and Accessibility Devices At Staunton State Park

Staunton State Park offers visitors Action Trackchairs, which are electric wheelchairs outfitted with tread wheels. These allow visitors to explore the outdoors without having to worry about paved surfaces or damaging their accessibility equipment.

The chairs allow visitors to follow three specially developed trails that offer views of Pikes Peak, Lions Head, and Mount Rosalie. This feature allows people of all mobility levels to explore the great outdoors and appreciate the beauty of Staunton State Park. For more information, check out the state park website.

Fishing At Staunton State Park

Fishing is allowed throughout the park at various ponds, including Davis Ponds, Elk Falls Pond, and the various small streams in the park. Keep in mind that all state and local licenses apply, and pay attention to the bag limits in the park.

It is worth noting there are no boats or fishing allowed in the park waterways, and that the limits for trout vary depending on the season and pond. For more information, as well as fishing conditions and peak seasons for various kinds of fish, check out the state park website.

Geocaching At Staunton State Park

Staunton State Park is home to 20 traditional and mystery caches throughout the park, allowing visitors to try their hand at GPS treasure hunting. Those hoping to add new caches to the park can work with park employees and volunteers to set up a new cache. For more information, as well as to find out the coordinates for each cache, check out the Staunton State Park website.

Horseback Riding At Staunton State Park

Horseback riding is welcome along several of the trails throughout the park, and there are plenty of parking spaces available for horse trailers. Keep in mind that some of the trails are multi-use and that finding parking for trailers may become difficult in the peak season, especially during weekends or holidays.

Pets At Staunton State Park

Dogs are welcome in the park as long as they are kept on a 6-foot or shorter leash and their waste is properly disposed of. Keep in mind that not all trails within the park are dog friendly, and that swimming is prohibited in the various waterways throughout Staunton State Park.

Camping At Staunton State Park

Staunton State Park is home to 25 walk-in campsites that are located a fair distance from the parking lot, so be prepared to carry your gear. These lots all include a tent pad, picnic table, and a bear-proof food storage box. There are also vault toilets and water hydrants available in the parking lot. Keep in mind that all campsites must be reserved in advance and that Staunton State Park is black bear country, meaning that food should be stored safely in the provided storage boxes.

Park Location

Staunton State Park
12102 S. Elk Creek Road
Pine CO 80470
Phone: 303.816.0912



Below is a brief YouTube video showing a number of things to do at Staunton State Park: