Last weekend before I ran in the Colfax Denver Urban 10 Mile race (did you see my recap?) we spent the day with my daughter in the Colorado Springs area, visiting Garden of the Gods and Seven Falls.
Even though it had snowed on Thursday and was in the 30s when we woke up on Saturday morning, by the time we drove from Denver to Colorado Springs it was a gorgeous day.
Garden of the Gods
Our first stop was at Garden of the Gods, a park known for its huge red sandstone formations.
According to park lore, this is how the area got its name:
It was August of 1859 when two surveyors started out from Denver City to begin a townsite, soon to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden” when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a “young and poetic man”, exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.” It has been so called ever since.
However, there never was a beer garden because the family who donated the land put these restrictions on it:
[i]t shall remain free to the public, where no intoxicating liquors shall be manufactured, sold, or dispensed, where no building or structure shall be erected except those necessary to properly care for, protect, and maintain the area as a public park.
We stuck to the easy trails around the garden center and enjoyed the glorious day.
You can just see Pike’s Peak in the distance
Hopefully this area is safe from Trump’s plans to
review National Monument designations!
After a break for lunch we headed to Seven Falls. Google maps took us right to the park entrance, where we learned that we had to park at the Broadmoor and take a shuttle bus to the park. D’oh!
The bus drops you off just inside the park, and then you walk up-up-up to the falls. (There’s also an option to take a tram up the hill.)
Once again, the scenery was amazing.
Before we faced the 224 steps to the top of the falls, we climbed the 185 steps to the Eagle’s Nest, and enjoyed the views from there.
In order to spare what was left of our legs,we took the elevator down, and then headed over to the falls.
Taking a break halfway:
View of the top falls:
While the climb got me out of breath, my legs seemed to recover quickly. I actually think spending the day outside helped me acclimate to the Denver area elevation. While Denver is 5280 feet about sea level, Garden of the Gods is 6000 feet above sea level and Seven Falls is 6800 feet above sea level!
I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap and joining Courtney‘s Training Recap link up.
After so much fun in Colorado, my week at home was pretty uneventful.
Monday: easy strength workout at home
Tuesday: easy 4.25 mi run
Thursday: Indoor cycling at Revolve
Friday: CPY2 at CorePowerYogaa
Saturday: 21.4 mile hilly bike ride–yes, I braved it again since I am training for the PA Dutch Farm to Fork Fondo in July.
Sunday: 5.25 mile hilly run before church–since I have one more race in June.
Don’t forget to join us for coffee next Saturday! The Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up will go live at 00:05 am on Saturday June 3rd!
Do you have a favorite hiking area?