Staunton State Park - Mason Creek Trail
Mason Creek Trail
Permitted uses: hike, mountain bike, horseback
Total distance: 4.5 miles
Degree of difficulty: difficult
Elevation range: 8,180-9,440 feet
dogs are permitted but must be on leash
This is a new state park that is opening on the weekend of 5/18. So lets get up there after all the "crowds" have gone for the weekend.
a little info about this new park
The first 1,680-acre parcel was donated to Colorado State Parks in 1986 by Frances Hornbrook Staunton. Subsequent parcels, including a portion of the Davis Ranch and Elk Falls property, were acquired in the late 1990s. In 2006, a small key parcel, called the Chase property, was added to the Park to reach its current land base of approximately 3,800 acres. The properties that make up the Park are rich in human history, having supported a variety of uses, including:
Homesteading and a family retreat in the middle of the site
Ranching on the southern portions of the site.
Logging and a turn-of-the-20th century saw mill in the northern part of the site.
A sportsman's club on the western side of the site.
Take US Highway 285 south to Shaffers Crossing, about 6 miles west of Conifer. Turn north on Elk Creek Road and follow the signs 1.5 miles to the park entrance.
there is a fee of $7 to enter the park.
carpool: for those who want to car pool lets meet down at the Fort Restaurant we will leave here at 8:15 (19192 Colorado 8, Morrison if you don't know where this is please google the directions)