Roxborough State Park and the Fountain Formation

Sometimes I like to pack lots of food and water and hike all day, testing myself on the steep inclines and trying hard to reach the summits.

But sometimes I’m tired and I just want to take a walk on a beautiful day.

Behold, Roxborough State Park in Littleton:

And behold the Sidekick at the beginning of Willow Creek Trail, basically the flattest and easiest path in the park:

Do these red rocks look familiar? They might, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time.

They’re part of the Fountain Formation, a layer of rock that eroded down from the Ancestral Rocky Mountains somewhere around 300 million years ago. (Don’t take my word for it – geology details here.)When the current Rockies pushed their way up, they forced this layer of red sandstone up, too, and you can see it in other places along the Front Range, like Red Rocks amphitheatre and Garden of the Gods.

So all these rich red rocks sticking up out of the ground? Are parts of the ancestral Rockies, worn down and pushed back up again later, more or less. I think I’ve got that right. Geologists, correct me if I’m wrong!

The world’s an amazing place, huh? This kid of mine thinks so:

Or maybe she’s just happy we finally stopped for a picnic lunch under the trees and near this bridge:

Roxborough State Park is a National Natural Landmark in the United States, and it’s basically in my backyard and the backyards of thousands of other Front Range residents.

I love Colorado. I’m so happy we moved here. Have I mentioned that, ever?

This post is an entry in the Family Summer Travels with Teens and Tweens Blog Carnival.