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It was a beautiful, bluebird day when I drove up to Staunton State Park on August 27th. The air was crisp and cool, atypical given the hot summer weeks we had been experiencing this year. Distinctive, too, were the reasons for my park visit. I was there to discover an inspiring program, the first of its kind in Colorado when it was founded in 2017. Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Track-Chair Program, run by more than 80 dedicated volunteers and completely funded by donations raised by the Friends of Staunton State Park, provides opportunities for people with disabilities to live life outside and to share outdoor experiences with friends and family.
The day before, Craig Hospital had brought two of its outpatients, Chris Luna and Nash Murath, to camp overnight at Staunton for the first time. Now, the morning after, they had several other exciting activities lined up: hitting the Davis Ponds Trail, fishing at Davis Pond, discovering the historical buildings and artifacts on the Staunton Ranch Trail, and archery after lunch.