Staunton State Park, the newest State Park in Colorado is a mountain mecca of hiking trails. Some with history, one with a waterfall, hike along streams & up to dramatic rock outcropping with overlooks that have breathtaking views.

 

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I love this State Park, it has a trail for whatever hike I might be in the mood for on any given day. Having hiked here many times in all seasons I thought I’d share some favorite loop hikes.

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SCOUT LINE TRAIL

One of my favorite trails is Scout Line Trail that a volunteer pointed out to me one day. So happy she did. A moderate “hikers only” trail that was surprisingly void of other hikers. A beautiful hike up to the top with gorgeous views stretching all the way to Pikes Peak. Rock outcroppings line the top and are a perfect spot for a snack while thinking “wow” to the sweeping views.

You keep going on the trail and end up at the junction for Marmot Passage. From here you can go left to Elk Falls Pond and Elk Falls for a longer hike or go right and head back down and end up on the service road which will take you back to Staunton Ranch Trail.

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STAUNTON ROCKS OVERLOOK

Another favorite loop is … as you cross the bridge on Staunton Ranch Trail go right onto Old Mill Trail, which is a steep .09 mile but worth the effort. A stream cascades alongside you until reaching the historic Old Mill Site. After gawking at the Mill go left onto Border Line Trail and switch back up to Staunton Rocks Overlook. Continue on after staring at the views and end up on the service road which will take you back to Staunton Ranch Trail.

 

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THE OVERLOOKS

Do you love views and meadows and creeks with small cascading waterfalls take Mason Creek Trail to 3 amazing Overlooks. This hike is moderate in sections but “oh” so pretty. End up at the Old Mill Site and come back on Old Mill Trail then left on Staunton Ranch Trail back to the parking lot.

There are several areas to step off the trail and enjoy the creek waters on Mason Creek Trail. Great spot for kiddos.

 

ELK FALLS POND

The most popular trail in the Park is hiking to Elk Falls via Elk Falls pond. I have to admit this is worth it. I did this in the fall and the colors were just about over with winter approaching and the air a crisp breeze. It was one of those beautiful Colorado days before the snow comes.

 

 

 

 

The hike from Elk Falls Pond to Elk Falls is one of the Parks most incredible sections. HIking into the falls is a short rocky, steep descent and just plain fun.

 

 

 

ELK FALLS

My photo does not do Elk Falls justice. You simply have to see it! (this photo was taken in late fall). 

 

BUGLING ELK TRAIL

For a longer, spectacular hike to Elk Falls: take Scout Line Trail to Marmot Passage to Elk Falls Pond to Elk Falls. Otherwise, take Staunton Ranch Trail and Bugling Elk Trail for a more gentle route.

 

 

 

 

For those who want a relaxing hike, head to Davis Ponds and fish, or picnic. Easy stroller access and has a restroom at the ponds.

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TIDBITS

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Elevation ranges from 8,100 ft to over 10,000 ft

Spotty cell range within the park

Dogs allowed on leash

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