Davis Ponds Loop
Staunton State Park
Date Hiked: September 14, 2013
- Distance: 2 mi (RT)
- Elevation Gain: 400ft
- Elevation Min/Max: 8,202 to 8,411ft
- Managing Agency: Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife
Staunton State Park Trail Map
Davis Ponds Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: From Denver, head south on Hey 285 to Schaffer's Crossing just before Pine Junction. You'll see signs for Staunton State Park. Exit the highway and head north on S. Elk Creek Road, the park will be on the right. This hike starts from the lower parking area. There is a fee to enter the park.
Staunton State Park is a park of long trails...except for Davis Ponds... This hike is relatively easy, and good for kids or just a pleasant hike through evergreen and aspen forest. Unfortunately, at the moment the ponds area is closed but it looks like it will be very pretty when it is open. I believe that you get a nice view of the Lion's Head from the ponds. Even with the closure, the hike is worthwhile. There are abundant aspen and views of the various rock towers and cliffs of the Staunton Rocks area.
If you have the time I STRONGLY suggest doing one of the larger hikes such as the hike to Elk Falls Overlook. This park is beautiful albeit difficult to access the interior of the park. The Davis Ponds Loop will give you a nice little taste and you'll be tempted to bite off more and more...and more...