Colorado opens new state park southwest of Denver

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DENVER -- Colorado's newest state park, Straunton State Park, will open to the public this weekend.

The park is of U.S. 285 near Evergreen. It's a 1,720-acre stretch of rocky outcroppings, grassy valleys and historic cabins.

The land was previously owned by physician Frances Staunton, who gave the land to the state decades ago.

"Our grand opening is the culmination of years of planning and development by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in partnership with many organizations and individuals," Staunton State Park manager Jennifer Anderson said in a news release.

"This park is her legacy," Anderson said. "As her beneficiaries, we have the opportunity to enjoy and care for the landscape she treasured."

The park opening includes several activities for children and families including fishing demons and a live raptor display.

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