PINE, Colo. – Staunton State Park is celebrating Marmot Fest Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19. As the world’s largest ground squirrel, marmots spend 80 percent of their lives underground in the winter, so July is the perfect time to see the pups and marmot families playing and basking in the sun at Staunton!
In anticipation of Marmot Fest, join in a scavenger hunt with local businesses called “Where’s Raymond?” Participating businesses will display a special “Where’s Raymond” flyer. Ask for a free map to get started and find a list of participating businesses on the park’s website.
Guided Marmot Meander Hike – 8:30 a.m.
Hike out early and see the marmots in their natural habitat. This approximately 2.5 miles one-way meets near the Staunton Ranch Trail just past Group Picnic Area parking area.
Marmot Observation Sites – 8:30to 11 a.m.
Park marmot monitors will help you scope out marmots on the Climbing Access Trail and at Elk Falls Pond. Hike out on Staunton Ranch Trail to meet the monitors.
“All About Marmots” Activities for Children and Families – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Make marmot puppets and masks, experience what it’s like to crawl through a marmot burrow, spot marmots with binoculars, and explore skins and skulls. Head out on Staunton Ranch Trail just past Group Picnic Area parking area
Self- guided Marmot Scavenger hike – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn about marmots on a scavenger hunt in the park along the Staunton Ranch Trail.
Self- guided Marmot Vs. Dog Challenge – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Take your dog for a walk along the Staunton Ranch Trail to take the challenge.
Friends of Staunton State Park “Adopt-a-Marmot” Stewardship Program
Help protect the habitat in the park so it can be a healthy home for marmots and all park animals.
On Staunton Ranch Trail just past Group Picnic Area parking area
For more information about Staunton State Park, visit:
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, big-game management, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and nonmotorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.
photo credit – David~O