- Bob Falcone
- Staunton State Park's brand new visitors center
I first wrote about hiking there about four years ago, again in 2016, and then again last year. Each time, there were new trails or amenities to enjoy, as the park continued to grow.
I visited it again a couple of weeks ago and took in its brand new visitors center, which opened this May. It is a nice spacious building, with great amenities, including a large touch screen TV that runs Colorado Parks and Wildlife's trails website, to help visitors plan their outing there.
On this latest visit, the goal was to do some of the trails that I hadn't done before, either because they didn't exist in previous visits, or I just hadn't gotten to them yet. This hike was to the West Meadow Trail, on the far west side of the park, and the opposite side of the park from the entrance and trailheads. For this hike. we started at the Davis Ponds trailhead, next to the toilet facility at the Ranch Hand group picnic site parking lot, just past the visitors center. If there is an event at the group picnic site and the lot is closed, continue to the next lot and follow a trail to the Ranch Hand lot. See slideshow for additional trail information.
To get there: Take US 24 to Colorado Hwy 67 in Woodland Park. Go north on Hwy 67 to County Road 126 in Deckers and go west to US 285. Turn north on US 285 at Pine Junction and look for the well-marked exit on the right for Staunton State Park. The park entrance is about 1 mile west of US 285.
Total distance for this hike is a bit over 12 miles with some short steep sections. Dogs are allowed on Staunton State Park trails, but must be leashed at all times. An $8 entry fee or current State Parks Pass is required.
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Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for almost 28 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (@hikingguide), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: email@example.com.