Staunton Ranch and Overlook Trail

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Staunton Ranch and Overlook Trail is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Conifer, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2020 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Colorado's newest state park opened to the public on May 18, 2013. The park is located approximately 40 miles southwest of downtown Denver, north of US Highway 285 and about six miles west of Conifer. The Park sits divided between Park and Jefferson counties, in Pine, Colorado. From high grassy meadows at 8,100 feet to soaring granite cliffs over 10,000 feet, Staunton State Park's varied geology, soils, water features, and climate support rare and unexpected plant communities and a rich diversity of wildlife and provide a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities. $7 parking fee

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5 months ago

Awesome hike. Recommend it to anyone, especially if you have people in town visiting. Great mountain bike trail as well.

8 months ago

Nice trail with a few minor rock challenges.

11 months ago

Great hike to get you in shape for higher altitude hikes!

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11 months ago

The views were spectacular from the three overlooks! Worth the long hike.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Beautiful trails. well maintained and the trails are marked well. can't wait to go back.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Took the new trail to the waterfall it is the best place I've hiked so far and will definitely go back

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Starts off a wide trail, not many people where on it. Goes from open area to heavily wooded. It's relatively easy at first then gets a slight incline on the way up to the Old Mill. Well marked trail. The outlook is pretty once you get the the peak. We saw 4 deer on the way up, also saw a mole rodent. There is a little bridge we crossed that was over a small brook.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Starts off a wide trail, not many people where on it. Goes from open area to heavily wooded. It's relatively easy at first then gets a slight incline on the way up to the Old Mill. Well marked trail. The outlook is pretty once you get the the peak. We saw 4 deer on the way up, also saw a mole rodent. There is a little bridge we crossed that was over a small brook.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

There are numerous hikes here so you have options depending on what you want to see and what you're up for. $7 entrance fee, they provide a map, we saw numerous staff offering assistance and NO DOG POOP/BAGS along the trail!

We hiked up to a few scenic viewpoints then to the Old Mill then down the trail to the Old Mill. Strenuous and further than we'd planned but pretty. Lots of mountain bikers and a few horses but everyone was courteous and shared the trail.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

I don't even want to tell you guys about how amazing this trail is so I can keep it to myself

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Monday, September 19, 2016

First time here. Absolutely beautiful, family friendly, dog friendly, easy to moderate depending on the trails you choose. Rock climbing area was awesome. We hiked to the pond and went behind it, and hiked another mile to the waterfall, laid a few towels down, read and relaxed. So chill.
Next time I'm coming to bike it!! Most trails allow biking and horseback, too.

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Staunton is 1st Class. Anything from a 3 mile to a 17 mile hike is doable at this park, without having to do the same trail twice. People giving this park less and a 4 star review are hacks.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Beautiful, easy hike with well-maintained trails and great views. Added bonus-a small creek at the turn around for the four footers to cool off and get a drink. One of my favorites!

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Great fun just remember lots of water!:)

Sunday, August 07, 2016

More of a stroll than a hike but it was pretty.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Hiked the mason creek trail and it was absolutely beautiful! You are almost always in the shade and it's a pretty easy hike. One of my favorite hikes so far this summer.

Friday, July 22, 2016

completely beautiful and amazing hike

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice trail with gradual elevation. Many of the side trails can be taken to increase distance and difficulty.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great day hike. Took the new trail section, which is away from the service road, I the way up. Great view of the falls from the overlook!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

nice park and very well kept. went on a Sunday in May and very few people. trails are marked but not well at the beginning hence a 4.5 mile hike turned into an 8 mile excursion because we didn't check the Mill Creek Trail roundtrip calculation. So plan well as there are no posted maps at the trailhead!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What a great park and well maintained trails I started at the top parking lot and walked away from the Davis pond trail and jumped onto the Staunton Ranch Trail took that to bugling Elk trail to the pond then hiked up the Lions Back to the overlook AMAZING!!! Back down Lions Back and jumped on Marmot Passage to scout line to Staunton and back the way I came a total of about 11 miles and it was a work out but worth every step

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

I really enjoy Staunton State Park! I definitely enjoy it more on the weekdays because it can get crowded on the weekends. If you take the more difficult trails, though, there are far less people. The only trail I haven't done is Mason Creek because it has been too snow packed this year. My favorites are Elk Falls and Scout Line. The views on those two trails are really spectacular! All of the trails are in excellent condition! If you take the Staunton Ranch Trail out to the pond and then back on Marmot passage and Scout Line, it is a really great day hike loop that provides an excellent work out.

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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Well maintained trails with great views!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Staunton State Park trails were all great, very well maintained trails. Beautiful area and definitely speak to the park rangers/workers to get some background on the park.

Pros: Very easy/great location, tons of parking, beautiful trail(s), great elevation (not this trail but the "Scout Line Trail"), scenery and lookouts are great, park is newer so trails are well maintained and marked and the maps are accurate

Cons: Can be crowded (but there's plenty of space), $$ to get in (I think $15), many younger/HS kids there in groups and can be disruptive but were mainly respectful.

New trails are coming soon I hear though!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Did a loop today from the first parking lot from Staunton Ranch Trail to the Border line trail, which I honestly do not remember being here the last time I hiked the Staunton Ranch Trail in 2014, and then to the Old Mill Trail and back to Staunton Ranch Trail. The beautiful rocks are the highlight of this hike for me...if you have time the very short hike to the Overlook is worth it.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Made loop starting with mason creek to Mill creek to staunton. Abbott 9 miles, beautiful area, will definitely return. First 3 miles was well hinged on mason creek, then had to break trail in about 15" of snow to Mill creek. Nice views and wildlife.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

I really enjoyed this park because it has a little of everything. I parked in the first parking lot but there is more parking closer, to the Staunton Ranch TH, further up the road.I did an 11 mile loop trail - Staunton Ranch (all dirt road, no trail per se) to Bugling Elk, at the pond I took Lion's Back, Marmot Passage (TH immediately off of the pond), and finally Scout Line.
Trail conditions were excellent and the weather was perfect in the morning but then changed fast right before noon into rain.The trail grade never got too far past noticeable and there was a tiny amount of exposure on Marmot Passage.
The highlight is Elk Falls Overlook. The falls are actually across the canyon (trail coming soon I've heard) but the viewpoint is fantastic and provides a nice overview most of the park. The rest of the hike was very nice and scenic except for the major bits of Staunton Ranch trail which is basically a dirt road.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

If you get lost on this hike, just don't bother coming back.

Although it is long, the trails are huge and very well built. It's good for distance and a bit of a daily workout.
Would be great for trail running. Go all the way to where you can see the waterfall.

Easy, longer hike but good for a day to get out. Bring lunch.

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

We hiked Staunton Ranch (SR) from the second parking lot (saving 1/2 mile) to Bugling Elk (BE) to Lion's Back (LB) so that we could reach the Elk Falls Overlook. Total distance 10 miles round trip.

Initial impression: too much service road used for trail leading to a dusty and disconnected experience; one in which you feel more like you are watching it, rather than being in it. Designed more for mountain bikers, who by the way, were very courteous and friendly.

Park website descriptions of trails
SR: Degree of difficulty: moderate; Elevation range: 8,120-9,060 feet (seems correct)
BE: Degree of difficulty: moderate; Elevation range: 8,820-9,200 feet (seems correct)
LB: Degree of difficulty: moderate; Elevation range: 8,800-9,120 feet (definitely should be rated difficult as it was a killer with at least 15% incline for the first 1/10 to 2/10 of a mile and then mostly 5-7% from there to the overlook. About the overlook (1/10 mile round trip added to total), it also was a difficult, rocky and steep path.

Final impression:
Elk Falls Overlook was the highlight of the trip. Yes, the falls were a long ways away; however, you could appreciate their size and flow, even from that distance. The rest of the view is magnificent seen from the many rock perches at the overlook. The wind and quiet calming and meditative. I would have rated this hike four stars if it weren't for the service road aspect of it. As it stands, once is more than enough as there are many other trails with as much or more to offer without traipsing 10 miles to see the only memorable sight in the park. This park has had sightings of both mountain lion and bear.

P.S. My wife told me the park is working on a new trail that will go under the falls which would be the only reason to bring me back here.

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Really enjoyed this trail. Was a little disappointed with overlook falls as the falls was far away but had fun hiking and spent most of the day doing so. Lots of boulders to climb on :)

Fee: $7 to park

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