Distance: 2 miles round trip to the climbing area
Bathroom at Trailhead: Yes (porta-johns)
Trail open to: Hiking, biking and horseback riding
Dogs: Yes, on leash
Fees: State Park Pass or $7.00 per car entrance fee
Date hiked: October 25, 2015
Overview: Staunton State Park is one of Colorado’s newest parks having opened in 2013. The park is located about 40 miles southwest of Denver, near Conifer off of highway 285. We went on a sunny October day looking to stretch our legs and do some casual bouldering. With its lingering fall colored leaves and grippy granite rock cliffs, the park did not disappoint!
The Hike: We started our hike at the parking lot closest to the park entrance. There is a second lot a little further inside the park. Since we only planned to boulder, we tossed our shoes, lunch and water into our backpacks, packed a small bouldering mat, and headed up the Staunton Ranch Trail.
In about ¾ of a mile, the trail intersects with two trails: the Old Mill Trail on one side, and the Scout Line Trail on the other side. Continue straight and shortly after the intersection, you’ll reach a climbing access trail on the right. Head up the access trail to the granite cliffs.
We started with some easy bouldering on rock called “Whistle Pig,” then moved back to explore the base of the Bombardier Dome.
Along with nice featured granite, the cliffs offered interesting alcoves and caves to explore.
After a happy day of bouldering, we hiked back to our cars, enjoying the beautiful scenery of cliffs and fall colored leaves.
Staunton State Park has a rich history. Part of the land was homesteaded by physicians Rachel and Archibald Staunton in the early 1900s. The Stauntons treated patients, raised livestock and grew crops on the land. What remains of their ranch is now a historical landmark. For more information about the history of the park, check out these sites:
For more information about rock climbing in the park, and to get a free rock climbing guide, check out these sites:
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