Colorado is opening its first new state park near metro Denver in 35 years Saturday, a protected patch of nature 36 miles southwest of the city.
The absence of a commerce-oriented visitor center at Staunton State Park emphasizes the natural assets of the place, such as Elk Creek Falls plummeting 100 feet over granite cliffs and views of the snow-packed north face of Pikes Peak.
The 3,828-acre park — a habitat for wild animals from tufted-eared squirrels and yellow-bellied marmots to black bears — also is expected to become a mecca for rock climbers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers
Check out a photo gallery of Colorado’s newest state park.
(Source: The Denver Post)