The Staunton State Park Track Chair Program mission is to provide accessibility for a high quality and sustainable recreational opportunity to the men, women, and children of the beautiful state of Colorado, and beyond, while preserving and protecting the natural resources within Staunton State Park.
At this time, use of the Track Chair is free of charge. A park pass is required on all vehicles entering the park. If the entrance station is not staffed, a daily park pass may be purchased at the self-service station, located at the park entrance. A day pass is $7.00 per vehicle. Annual park passes may be purchased at the entrance station during staffed hours.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
The park staff will provide basic first aid items and emergency inclement weather gear (fleece blanket, rain poncho, umbrella, etc.). If you have specific items that you rely on for your personal comfort, it is recommended that you bring them. The park elevation ranges from 8,200’ to nearly 10,000’, and is subject to a rapidly changing mountain weather environment. Thermoregulation is your responsibility, so make a point to check the local weather forecast, and bring adequate clothing to maintain an appropriate level of comfort.
Here is a list of items to consider bringing with you:
- Water (more than you think you need)
- Required medications and medical supplies
- Additional clothing layers
- Seat cushion
- Hat or sun visor
- Sun block
- Sun glasses
If needed, Staunton State Park offers slide boards and a sling lift to facilitate transfer into the Track Chair. If you require special accommodation for transfer into the Track Chair, you must bring a friend or caregiver to assist. Staunton State Park staff and volunteers have received training in assisting with transfers, but may be limited in the level of assistance they can provide.
Due to the inherent risk posed by the Track Chair itself, and a concern for the safety of your pet or service animal, Track Chair operators are not permitted to possess pets/service animals while operating the Track Chair. It is not recommended that pets or service animals accompany you on your trip, however if it is necessary to bring your pet or service animal on the Track Chair trip, they will be required to be kept under the control of an accompanying friend or caregiver. State regulation mandates that all pets must be kept on a six foot leash and under control at all times.
DIRECTIONS TO STAUNTON STATE PARK:
- Take US-285 southbound toward Fairplay for 19.5 miles
- Exit at S Elk Creek Rd also called “Shaffers Crossing” (follow signage for Staunton State Park)
- Turn Right on S Elk Creek Rd
- The park entrance is located just over a mile from US-285 on the right side of the road
For more information, please visit the Maps and Directions page.
ARRIVAL AT STAUNTON STATE PARK:
Upon arrival at Staunton State Park, please proceed to the park’s entrance station. If the entrance station is not staffed, follow the park road toward the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area. Follow the signage marked “TRAILHEAD PARKING”, which will take you past the Ranch Hand GPA, to the right. Enter the parking lot on your left hand side and proceed to the two-bay garage near the northeast corner of the parking lot. Park in the Track Chair designated parking space. An attendant volunteer or member of the park staff will be there to greet you at the scheduled trip start time.
TIME TO HIT THE TRAIL!
Our staff and volunteers have been trained in getting you familiar with the Action Track Chair equipment as well as proper Track Chair trail etiquette. If it is your first time in one of our Track Chairs, we will put your Track Chair skills to the test on our “obstacle course” prior to embarking on your Track Chair adventure!
Staunton is a beautiful and busy park! The park features outstanding views of rocky granite outcroppings, historic cabins, distant peak vistas, wildlife from marmots to mountain lions, and everything in between. You can expect to see equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers of all ages on Staunton’s trails. You can also expect to attract a fair amount of curiosity from your fellow trail users. Don’t be surprised to find yourself the center of attention. We’ve found park visitors to be quite fascinated by the Track Chair, and very supportive of the efforts to offer this unique opportunity.
Enjoy your time at Staunton State Park! We appreciate your interest in Staunton’s Track Chair Program, and are confident your experience will be a great one!