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Colorado’s Newest State Park Opens This Weekend

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Staunton State Park (credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Staunton State Park (credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

PINE, Colo. (AP) – Colorado’s newest state park is being dedicated Friday.

Staunton State Park is located about six miles west of Conifer and features about 3,800 acres of grasslands, granite cliffs and streams.

The park is named in honor of Frances Staunton, who donated the mountain ranch property to the state upon her death in 1989. The Staunton ranch is at the center of the new park.

“We haven’t had a new brand new state park in Colorado since 2006, so this is a great opportunity to see a beautiful part of the state,” said Jennifer Churchill from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The park will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to mark the grand opening. Guests can hike, rock climb, ride horses and mountain bike.

“It’s going to be a photographer’s dream,” Churchill said.

The opening weekend will also feature music, a demonstration by the Front Range Country Horsemen and live raptor presentations.

“We’ll have guided hikes so you can see all the wildflowers and learn about the history of the park. We will have a climbing wall for kids. We’re going to have fishing. It’s going to be a great day and hopefully will be a beautiful weekend.”

Churchill talked about Staunton State Park in the interview below from the CBS4 Morning News:

LINK: Staunton State Park

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