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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Where's Raymond: Annual Staunton State Park Marmot Fest 

Marmot Fest at Staunton State Park is scheduled for July 18-19, 10 AM - 3 PM.

Raymond is the name of Staunton State Park’s mascot – a stuffed marmot who represents the marmots that live in the park. This is the time of year when the park’s marmots are most active and the years’ pups are out and about aboveground. 

There will be fun and educational discovery activities for kids and families at the park during the event, including

  • Marmot mask and puppet making - be the marmot
  • Investigate a burrow on the marmot crawl 
  • Scope out marmots with the park’s marmot monitors 8:30 – 11:00 
  • Learn about marmots on a scavenger hunt in the park 
  • Marmot vs dog challenge – does your dog measure up? 
  • Guided Hike at 8:30 – early birds discover the marmots

For more event details, see the 2015 Marmot Fest flyer or visit the Staunton State Park homepage​.

Festival Scavenger Hunt

In anticipation of Marmot Fest, a scavenger hunt with local businesses called “Where’s Raymond” will kick off on June 12 and continue through the festival weekend. 

See the scavenger hunt map & flyer for details.

Events

Are You as Sly as a Fox?
Friday, July 10

On this day, we’ll be taking a small hike while learning about foxes and playing some really great outdoor games.

Lory State Park 40th Anniversary Party
Saturday, July 11

Lory State Park invites you to celebrate their 40th Anniversary milestone at the Soldier Canyon Group Picnic Area, on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lory offers visitors a variety of rugged terrain and stunning vistas of the northern Colorado Front Range. The park covers almost 2,600 acres and features 26 miles of trails that lead through forest, meadows and rock-outcroppings, offering visitors great terrain for mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, bouldering, and horseback riding. The Friends of Lory State Park, the park’s supporting organization, as well as many other local organizations and partners will be in attendance. Food trucks will have a variety of food options available and outdoor gear vendors will demonstrate the latest in outdoor equipment.

Nature Hike- Raccoon Trial
Saturday, July 11

Join our park interpreter for a 1.5 mile guided hike on the raccoon trail talking about the local flora and fauna, trees, and animals native to Golden Gate State Park. A minimum of seven people is required, signup sheets are located in the reverend ridge office.

Staunton Marmot Fest
Saturday, July 18

Annual Marmot Fest. Local scavenger hunt starts June 12. Festival runs July 18th-19th.

Nature Hike
Saturday, July 18

Join our park interpreter for a guided hike talking about the local flora and fauna, trees, and animals native to Golden Gate State Park. A minimum of seven people is required, signup sheets are located in the reverend ridge office.

Nature Hike- Snowshoe Hare Trail
Saturday, July 25

Join our park interpreter for a 3 mile guided hike on the Snowshoe Hare trail talking about the local flora and fauna, trees, and animals native to Golden Gate State Park. A minimum of seven people is required, signup sheets are located in the reverend ridge office.

Grand Mesa Moose Day
Saturday, July 25

Moose are among us! How many, where to find them, and how to view them safely are all topics that will be discussed at this year's Grand Mesa Moose Day on July 25th. This event is located at the US Forest Service Visitor Center located on the top of the Grand Mesa at 20090 Baron Lake Drive, Grand Mesa, CO 81413. From 10 - 3 p.m. there will be presentations and activities to participate in. Do you wonder how our biologists and wildlife officers track a moose? Learn about wildlife telemetry on a hike with a wildlife officer, or sit down in the visitor center for a presentation about the local moose population. There truly is something for every age to enjoy and learn about at this event, and you may even see a moose on your drive up, so be on the lookout!

Kids hour-Montane Ecosystem
Saturday, July 25

Take a walk in the woods with our Interpreter Jim Bick. He will discuss what makes the ecosystem of the park unique and what animals inhabit the park.

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