The Red Rocks of Colorado
The name "Colorado" is said to have come from the color of the sandstone so prevalent there and two
parks in the state are excellent examples of how appropriate the name actually is.
Red Rocks Park, near Denver, is famous for its towering sandstone rock formations.  It boasts an
open-air amphitheater unlike any other in the world - geologically formed, with the seating and other
accoutrements built around it.  Designed by Burnham Hoyt and constructed by Pres. Roosevelt's Civilian
Conservation Corps and WPA, its dramatic setting and incredible acoustics have attracted performers
from all over the world.
Garden of the Gods Park, near Colorado Springs, is known for its sandstone monoliths, many of which
are balanced precariously at odd angles.  The park got its name in 1859, when two surveyors were
exploring the area.  When they discovered the site, one of them suggested that it would be a great
place for a beer garden.  "Beer garden?!" his companion exclaimed.  "It's a fit place for the gods to
assemble.  Why, it could be the garden of the gods!"  The beer garden never materialized, but the
descriptive name remained.
The photos on this page are from Red Rocks and Garden of the Gods Parks.   Nancy
Nature never hurries.  Atom by atom, eon by eon,
she achieves her work.  
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  
-- Rachel Carson
In the inexpressible beauty of nature lies the spirit of hope.  -- Unknown
Great things are done when men and mountains meet.  -- William Blake
Part of the Red Rocks Amphitheater
It is a necessary thing for us to again turn to the earth and in contemplation
of her beauties to acquire a sense of wonder and humility.  
-- Rachel Carson
Nature is the art of God.  -- Dante Alighieri
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From this day forward, I will walk easy on the earth
and listen to what it is telling me.  
-- Unknown
The photographs on this page are courtesy of:  Ahodges7
at Wikipedia Commons; National Park Service; Chris Jules
at TrekEarth; Flickr Creative Commons' members  
CaptainKimo; StevenM_61; joevare