Friday, July 24, 2015
Castlewood Canyon State Park
The past week has pretty much been devoted to helping our daughter and her cousin Heather check out campgrounds for the Lohrmann reunion in 2017. In the process we have managed to get some sightseeing done. One day we took a trip south through the mountains on highway 70 and were able to get a good view of some snow covered mountains which included Mount Elbert and Pikes Peak. The entire drive took us to Colorado Springs with stops in Leadville and Buena Vista. It was a beautiful trip, and we were also lucky to see pronghorn antelope.
According to information provided along the trail, many years ago pressure within the earth built the Rocky Mountains. As the young peaks grew, they shrugged off layers of sediment and rock. Raging rivers then rolled them off the slopes unto the plains. Some of them rolled 30 miles south from Pikes Peak and embedded them in the caprock pictured above. Those smooth rounded cobbles can also be seen in the walls of the canyon, I took a close-up photo to show how all those little pieces of rock built up the canyon.