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Staunton Rocks Overview


Attention Climbers: Seasonal Closures in Effect

Seasonal closures to protect raptors are in affect March 15 until July 31, or upon further notice for the following areas:

Rock Climbing Closures:

  • Lions Head 
  • The Ranch Hand 
  • The Park View Dome 
  • The Sawmill Crags 
  • Rough Neck Wall 
  • Black Creek Wall​

Trail Closures:​

  • Lions Head loop

Rock climbing and bouldering at Colorado's newest state park is just one of the many great recreation opportunities at Staunton State Park. The soaring granite cliffs of Staunton Rocks is a great place to spend the afternoon. Staunton Rocks is accessible by hiking 2.1 miles on the Staunton Ranch trail to the intersection of the Climbing Access trail.

The current routes found at Staunton Rocks were developed by volunteers from both the private and public sectors of the climbing community. They have also graciously put together a free downloadable climbing guide for the Staunton Rocks area.

It is important to be familiar with park rules and regulations before climbing. We do not require you to register before climbing but it is always wise to inform someone outside of your group where you are planning on climbing and what time you expect to be back. Please respect park hours of operation and be back at your vehicle before closing time. The hours change depending on the season.

Bolts, pitons and other fixed gear are not maintained by the park. Please do not place new bolts or fixed hardware without first obtaining a permit. The permitting process is managed by a group of volunteers from the climbing community. Information on permits for placing new bolts can be found here

Minimize Your Impact Every Time You Climb

Please make a conscious decision to minimize your impact every time you climb: 

  • Pack out all of your trash. 

  • Keep pets on a six foot or shorter leash and under control at all times. Please do not leave pets unattended at the base of a climb. 

  • Use the park's restroom facilities whenever possible. If you must, bury feces and paper in an 8" deep hole and at least 200 feet from water runoff areas and trails. 

In case of an emergency, call 911 immediately. ​