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​​2017 Marmot Festival ​

June 24-25, 10 AM to 3 PM, Staunton State Park

Few animals evoke a sense of leisure like the yellow-bellied marmot, a large member of the squirrel family often found basking on sunny rocks at 8,000 ft. and higher (though they can also be found down to about 5,000 ft). Marmots spend about 80% of their lives underground, so it’s usually during the summer season wildlife enthusiasts can see these plump ground squirrels sunning themselves on rock outcrops not far from their burrows. 

Join Staunton State Park ​in Pine to celebrate their Park mascot, the yellow-bellied marmot, at Marmot Fest on June 24-25. Visitors can enjoy guided hikes, viewing opportunities, kids’ activities, learn to rock climb, and more!​

Featured Events Include:

  • Marmot games and puppet making– be the marmot
  • Investigate a burrow on the marmot crawl
  • Scope out marmots with the park’s marmot monitors 9:30 – 1:30
  • Learn about marmots on a scavenger hunt in the park
  • Marmot vs dog challenge – does your dog measure up?
  • Guided Hikes at 9:30 and 11:30
  • Rock Climbing– 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Instruction and equipment provided
  • Friends of Staunton State Park "Adopt-a-Marmot" Stewardship Program

For event details, view the event flyer​.

Mountain Biking, Road Biking, and Family Biking suggestions.​​​Buy A parks pass..​​​More outdoor recreation opportunities.


Hike: Dynamite Cabin
Tuesday, June 27

Savor the immense variety of wildflowers, trees and wildlife as you hike the Dynamite Trail with Naturalist Lori. This unique trail is rated easy to moderate and 1.8 miles long

Pond Safari
Tuesday, June 27

Grab the kids or bring out your inner child with Naturalist Linda for a program teeming with critters who call our ponds home.

Hike: Rock Canyon
Friday, June 30

Join Naturalist Cindi on this trip through many montane micro-environments. This is a moderate 5 mile hike. A favorite at Mueller.

Friday, June 30

"Just At Twilight Time" Explore the Barr Lake 9-mile trail at dusk by bike.

Hike: School Pond/Stoner Mill
Saturday, July 1

Come join Naturalist Nancy on this beautiful hike, as you encounter a Ute Indian Prayer Tree on School Pond trail and a Medicine Tree on Stoner Mill. We will be on the lookout for many wildflowers dotting the landscape at this time. This is a 3.5 mile hike, moderate level of difficulty. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen, have bug repellant handy, and bring plenty of water.

Hike: Digital Outdoors
Saturday, July 1

A nature photographer for over thirty years, Naturalist Russ can help you capture nature in eye-popping compositions on this 2.25 mile trail

Hike: Preacher's Hollow
Saturday, July 1

Celebrate Summer with "nature's fireworks" as you view the local wildflowers on this gentle 2 mile loop trail with Naturalist Russ.

Amphitheater: The Birds We Love
Saturday, July 1

Diana Miller from the Pueblo Raptor Center will bring live birds of prey to see but not touch! Learn about the behavior and biology of hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. Please leave pets in the camper. Dress warmly.

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