Friday, June 24, 2005

RED ROCK CANYON, COLORADO

   

Red Rock Canyon is a recently aquired Open Space in Colorado Springs and once the construction is completed the park will offer rock climbing opportunities as well as miles of hiking trails and picnic areas.  This was my first visit to the park and I could not resist the stairway's beaconing invitation to climb to the top.

What awaited for me at the top was not only a spectacular view but there was also a very interesting structure cut into the rock.  The walls of the structure were layered by what was possibly some kind of cutting machine, but the surface was worn and weathered by exposure to the elements giving it an ancient Aztec appeal.

I climbed higher and was able to get a good view from above that revealed clear and distinct rooms.  My imagination ran wild as I tried to imagine who once lived in this dwelling cut into the mountain.

The dwellings had long been abandoned and the vegetation has taken over the site, giving a contrasting splash of green against the bright red rocks.

This is a close-up of one of the walls, a natural artistic beauty that can never be imitated no matter how we may try.  I half expected to see hieroglyphics on the walls.  I picked around the site and found evidence of a fire.  Scattered on the ground of one room were broken bottles and pottery.  I gathered the few that were still in tack and will clean them up later.  My priority after the shoot was to find out more about Red Rock Canyon and its mysterious yet beautiful dwellings.

My search revealed that it was in fact a quarry!  The ancient relics were probably the remainsof someone's garbage fire.  Oh well, so much for my archeological find.  Still, it was exciting for the time that I explored the site, thinking that it might have been a highway man's hideout or even some ancient native dwelling. 

17 comments:

smjr43 said...

Don't care what it was, it is beautiful.  Wish I was there to see it in person.  Thanks for sharing, Dorn!  Lovely!

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smjr43 said...

Don't care what it was, it is beautiful.  Wish I was there to see it in person.  Thanks for sharing, Dorn!  Lovely!

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joolsinwa said...

It is very lovely , what an exciting find
~ Julie~ http://journals.aol.com/joolsinwa/randommusingsofmymind

mtrib2 said...

The photos are breathtaking.  It would seem it was some kind of mineral mining, but with the rooms, there is no telling.  Would like to know if you are ever able to research and find out.  -Mark-

mtrib2 said...

The photos are breathtaking.  It would seem it was some kind of mineral mining, but with the rooms, there is no telling.  Would like to know if you are ever able to research and find out.  -Mark-

cw2smom said...

Awesome scenery!  Thanks for sharing!  Lisa

rap4143 said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour and awesome pictures :).
Betty

tc01hm said...

Love the stairway to Heaven! Can't wait till the end of July and I get back to the mountains! Thanks for the tip and trip!

labdancer51 said...

The scenery is amazingly beautiful.  I wish I could see it for myself.  :-)

Sandra xxx

riverdaughter196 said...

Wow, those pictures are great.  What type of cameras do you use?

sylviam4000 said...

This is so interesting and the photo's are wonderful. Thanks.
Sylvia

ladyrobbi said...

Very interesting, and impressive pic's

karenparr62 said...

I liked your journal;your pictures are beautiful.We don't see anything like this in Virginia.Great job.

sonensmilinmon said...

When I saw Red Rock Canyon I was thinking near Las Vegas.  I was wrong.  This is beautiful!  I want to go see now. :-)

Monica

debbted said...

Hi~Love the stairs shot. Heck, they're all great...Come visit me. ;-) Sassy

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boiseladie said...

I love looking at the country in Colorado through your lens!  I love day trips and adventures into unpopulated areas.  Picnic lunches are the best when going out and finding places that I've not been before.

rdrgzfaji said...

I  liked  this  picture  because  of  the  long   stairs   and  the  plants.

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