Staunton is Colorado’s youngest state park. According to the interwebs “The first 1,720-acre parcel of land was donated to Colorado State Parks in 1986 by Frances Hornbrook Staunton. Subsequent parcels of land were added over the years to make up the now 3,828 acre park.” Because this beautiful parcel of land was private for so long the incredible climbing potential of this area is just now becoming common knowledge. Only a fraction of the rock has been developed and the possibilities seem endless. A small wall of rock dubbed the Tan Corridor was enough to convince me that the routes here are some of the best in Colorado.
Only 35 minutes from our door, this mid-elevation crag is perfect for hot weekends. The cool air in the corridor sinks down along the cliff, and as long as the afternoon thunderstorms stay at bay you are in for perfect climbing temperatures. Although we have now climbed out most of the developed routes on this wall, the surrounding features have lit the fire in me to pursue a long time dream of developing my own routes. With any luck this area may be the first place I sink a drill into rock.