Reservations are now being taken for Staunton State Park’s “track chairs” program, which has offered a means for people who are disabled to enjoy the park’s trails since 2017.
The chairs have treads to navigate trail surfaces and can be reserved online. The program is set to resume June 4, with chairs provided by the park’s volunteer partner, Friends of Staunton. The park is located 6 miles south of Conifer via U.S. 285.
Use of the chairs is free of charge, but visitors must pay park entry fees ($10 per vehicle).
“Being able to offer the therapeutic benefits of the outdoors to all of our visitors is truly rewarding,” said Zach Taylor, manager of the park, in a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release. “We now have four track chairs and one Grit Freedom chair (an all-terrain wheelchair).”
Individual trips will be run Fridays through Sundays, and group trips can be arranged Mondays through Thursdays. Three trails have been designated for track chairs, ranging from 2 to 5 miles in length. An Adaptive Recreation Weekend is scheduled June 12-13 to showcase adaptive outdoor sports including track chair “hiking,” fishing, archery and more. For more information on that event, call the park office at 303-816-0912.
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