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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​From high grassy meadows at 8,100 feet to soaring granite cliffs over 10,000 feet, Staunton State Park's varied geology, soils, water features, and climate support rare and unexpected plant communities and a rich diversity of wildlife and provide a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Colorado's newest state park opened to the public on May 18, 2013. The park is located approximately 40 miles southwest of downtown Denver, north of US Highway 285 and about six miles west of Conifer. The Park sits divided between Park and Jefferson counties, in Pine, Colorado.

The first 1,720-acre parcel of land was donated to then Colorado State Parks in 1986 by Frances Hornbrook Staunton. Subsequent parcels of land were added over the years to make up the now 3,828 acre park. Read more about the story of Staunton State Park at our history page.

Staunton 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.

Park Hours

We are currently operating on​ summer hours ​7 a​​.m. - 9 p.m.​​

Public Service Center

Construction is underway. Please excuse our dust!!!

Entrance Station

Our entrance station has moved up the road. It is beyond the entrance in to the parking lot so please approach the building prior to parking in the main lot.

The entrance station is typically staffed from 8am - 5pm. A state park pass is required on all vehicles entering the park. The daily fee is $7.00. Please plan ahead an​d bring exact change to purchase your pass at our self serve station if the ​​entrance station is unattended.


Mason creek parking lot has been restriped to accommodate equestrians. We ask that all equestrian visitors please park in either the Mason Creek lot or the Main lot near the entrance building until further notice.​

Davis Ponds Update

Repairs to the lower dam have been completed and water levels are at peak. Fish that survived the winter and the low water are active and we will be stocking with new fish soon.

For more information please refer to our webpage or contact staff at 303-816-0912 for current information.

​Seasonal Ch​anges


The Staunton Ranch trail has been re-routed!! Please follow signs to access the newly completed trail that shifts the old trail to the east and away from our administration roadway! We hope you will enjoy the new location and the new views.

The trail to the summit of Lions head is CLOSED until Aug 1 for the protection of nesting Raptors

Access to the Lions Head Overlook is still available; however, access beyond the overlook is not permitted. 

The closure is federally mandated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and anyone discovered unlawfully accessing the area is subject to a fine up to $5000 and one (1) year imprisonment.

We have started work on the Staunton Ranch re-route near the old mill trail through the climbing access so check back here for updates. 

We anticipate work to begin on the Elk Falls trail as well as the East Cliffs trail soon with anticipated opening of them this fall. 

For current conditions, please contact the park at 303-816-0912.​


Pets are permitted at Staunton but must be under your physical control on a six foot leash at all times to ensure the safety of you and your pet. 

Rock Climbing

Seasonal raptor closures is in effect. Starting March 15 through July 31 Parkview Dome, Ranch Hand Dome and Lions head are closed to climbing. Please be considerate of the nesting locations as monitors have seen raptor nesting activity as recently as last week. 

The closure is federally mandated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and anyone discovered unlawfully accessing the area is subject to a fine up to $5000 and one (1) year imprisonment.