Family Weekender: Denver
Where else but Boulder's Chautauqua Park, can you stand mesmerized beneath a 25-foot arch, with the Third Flatiron behind you and downtown Denver's skyscrapers in front of you?
Most of the trail is wooded, shady, and beautiful on a 5-mile hike. After crossing a small creek, the steep climb begins. Part of the hike is so rocky and steep that it's almost like walking up stairs. You'll reach a false summit, drop down a bit and start climbing again.
Don't pass the cavesthey're actually enlarged cracks between slabs of rockwithout doing a little exploring. If it's hot, the whole family can cool off by squeezing into the caves. Look up at the 20-foot ceilings.
The final hike to the arch isn't hazardous, but once there, remind the kids to be careful scrambling over rocks.
Royal Arch appears to be formed by several rocks that tumbled together and stuck. Sit on some rocks, eat lunch, and gaze at the beautiful arch rising 25 feet above the ground. Views? On a clear day you can see south to Pikes Peak. The downtown Denver skyline is plainly in sight.
Views? On a clear day you can see south to Pikes Peak. The downtown Denver skyline is plainly in sight.
Article © Bill Scanlon.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication