As part of our Colorado trip, we wanted to do a little hiking, so we drove about an hour and half south of Denver to Garden of the Gods National Park. It was a beautiful drive, with a view of the Rockies to the right the entire way. We had rented a convertible, so that helped too.
Garden of the Gods is not a big park or really even a well-known one, but it was amazing. We saw giant red cliffs with bats flying in and out of them, a rock covered with old carved signatures, plenty of warning signs about falling rocks and rattlesnakes, and even some professional rock climbers at the very top of one peak.
The weather was perfect, too. Not humid at all, but sunny with incredibly blue skies. You can drive along the winding paths into the park and take pictures, or you can park at one of several (very crowded) parking places to get out and hike. Walking was definitely the way to go, in our opinion. There were TONS of tourists on the day we were there, but we still managed to break out of the crowd a bit.
After Garden of the Gods, we headed over to nearby Old Colorado City and drifted in and out of shops, at some BBQ, and checked out the farmer’s market. Then we stopped at The Broadmoor, where Jason had stayed for a work trip a few years ago. It’s gorgeous, of course, and we walked the grounds and had a drink at The Golden Bee, the resort’s version of a London bar.
Even though I loved Denver, I’m glad we ventured out for a day. We got to see much more of Colorado, get a little exercise, and take lots of pictures. If you’re planning a trip to Denver soon, save a little time for a day trip!