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Staunton State Park closes Lion's Head trail to protect nesting peregrine falcons

Staunton State Park closes Lion's Head trail to protect nesting peregrine falcons
The Lion's Head Trail at Staunton State Park is closed through July 31 to protect nesting peregrine falcons.
Rebecca Ferrell
CPW Statewide
303-866-3203 x4608

Staunton State Park announces the annual closure of Lion's Head Trail

PINE, Colo. — Staunton State Park has begun the annual closure of the Lion's Head Trail, starting at the Elk Falls Overlook trailhead, effective March 15 through July 31. The closure occurs each year to protect nesting peregrine falcons in the area. The entire length of Lion's Back Trail remains open, from the Elk Falls Pond/Cabin up to the Elk Falls Overlook.

Peregrine falcons are considered to be more sensitive to human activities than most other raptors. They are especially sensitive to human activities at, or above, the level/elevation of the nest. They do not thrive with people looking down at the nest. Activities occurring prior to or during a nesting attempt means the falcons are less likely to attempt to use their nest from last year.

Peregrines are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Though the bird is no longer listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it is still a species of state special concern in Colorado.
For more information on peregrine falcons, see our website at To learn about other available trails, and all of the activities available at Staunton State Park, visit:



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