December Wildlife Photo Page: State Parks

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/28/22

In honor of Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s 125th anniversary this year, the Clear Creek Courant and the Canyon Courier have featured monthly photo pages celebrating the state’s amazing wildlife and parks. For December and the final photo page of 2022, the mountain newspapers are celebrating Colorado's state parks.

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December Wildlife Photo Page: State Parks

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In honor of Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s 125th anniversary this year, the Clear Creek Courant and the Canyon Courier have featured monthly photo pages celebrating the state’s amazing wildlife and parks.

Each page celebrated a different local animal or group of animals, including fun facts provided by CPW. For December and the final photo page of 2022, the mountain newspapers are celebrating Colorado's state parks.

FUN FACTS ABOUT STATE PARKS:

  • Colorado has 42 state parks, featuring more than 4,000 campsites and 58 cabins and yurts for campers to visit.
  • Which state park was Colorado's first is somewhat debatable. Cherry Creek was founded in 1959 as the state's first recreation area. The first location to open with the name state park was Lathrop, which is east of Walsenberg, which was founded in 1962. In the '90s, Cherry Creek and other recreation areas became state parks.
  • In 1949, the first Colorado State Parks feasibility study suggested establishing Roxborough as one of the first state parks. However, Roxborough wasn’t established as a state park until 1975.
  • In 1959, the governor signed a 25-year lease with the Army Corps of Engineers for the Cherry Creek Recreation Area. The new state park welcomed its first official visitor on June 17, and 168,700 people visited it in its first year.
  • In 1960, the state purchased 200 acres in Gilpin County, which became the nucleus for Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

  • Chatfield State Park was established in 1975.

  • In 1977, after the state acquired a recreational lease for Barr Lake two years earlier, the new state park opened to the public.

  • Eldorado Canyon’s owner threatened to sell the area for a rock quarry in 1978, and public outcry prompted the state to buy the canyon and create Eldorado Canyon State Park.

  • Staunton State Park opened to the public in May 2013. The park, which is in Park and Jefferson counties, was built from a parcel first donated in 1986 by Frances Hornbrook Staunton. Subsequent parcels were acquired in the late 1990s and early 2000s. CPW purchased the final parcel in 2006 to reach the current park’s 3,828-acre land base.

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING

Thank you to all the readers who've participated in our monthly wildlife photo pages throughout 2022. To review all the photo pages from elk in January to turkeys, bobcats, pikas and more in November, visit CanyonCourier.com or ClearCreekCourant.com.

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