If you are interested in amazing sandstone formations, the rocky mountain region is for you! For experienced climbers, the Mile High State is the apex of adventure. But if you aren’t looking to take on Pikes Peak, there is still plenty to do in Colorado.
The Fountain Formation is the ancient bedrock responsible for the bizarre and beautiful rocks that run through the state. Below we have listed some of our favorite places to spend the day walking, biking and hiking around this natural wonder. The best part? They’re all FREE!
Red Rocks Park
One of the first places we explored was the Red Rocks area near Denver. Red Rocks Park is unique because it offers a variety of activities including concerts, yoga classes and movie nights.
Along with the famous amphitheater, there are over 800 acres of terrain to explore. The geography of the area is part mountainous and part meadow, so you can enjoy the flora and fauna of both regions in one place. The park is also home to fossil records that date back to the Jurassic Period. These elements, together, make for must see attraction when you visit.
If you are looking for a less touristy place to visit, Littleton is the perfect day trip. Just a short drive from Denver, this valley offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Although Roxborough State Park is located in Littleton, we opted for other free trails around the area. Because of the gently sloped landscape, you can enjoy the serenity of nature without a strenuous hike.
Still, walking around can work up an appetite, so we stopped in for lunch at Breckenridge Brewery’s Farmhouse restaurant. The outdoor seating is pet friendly and the beer is delicious!
Garden of the Gods
If your travels take you farther south toward Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods is the place to go. This public park is features ancient sandstone marvels like, “The Kissing Camels” and Cathedral Valley. Rock climbing is permitted with registration, so if you are interested in scaling the unusual topography, be sure to pack your equipment!
With 15 miles of winding trails, Garden of the Gods is perfect for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Actually, the park is perfect for everyone due to one incredible feature: paved ramps. The ADA compliant path snakes through the breathtaking formations in the core of the park. We were thrilled to find that we could enjoy this area with our whole family, including those with disabilities.
And a Peek at Our Favorite Rock:
Colorado now has a special place in our hearts because we got to take one rock home with us…
We will now be traveling as a soon-to-be married couple, and can’t wait to share our journey!