Hiking into History: A Fall or Winter Journey

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You stand on the overlook, your eyes drinking in the scene below you. You stare hungrily down at the vibrant red, yellow, orange, and green colors of the leaves on the trees.

You stand on the overlook, your eyes drinking in the scene below you. You stare hungrily down at the vibrant red, yellow, orange, and green colors of the leaves on the trees. Some tan rocks in curious patterns jut out from the underbrush; they look almost as if they are swaying from side to side. Even in the winter, Roxborough State Park is a magnificent sight, with snow lightly dusting the bare trees and mysterious rock formations.

 

Roxborough State Park is probably one of the best spots to go hiking in Colorado. Fountain Valley Trail in particular is a great trail for hiking. It is a 2.3 mile loop including an overlook with a breathtaking view where you can stop to have lunch. It is a very flat trail, which makes it very convenient to hike with young children and strollers. It is also perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a fox, bear, deer, or even a golden eagle – some of the many animals that make their homes in Roxborough State Park. Along with being beautiful, the trail will take you back in time to a house built in 1903 by Henry Persse, a farmer and entrepreneur whose dearest wish was to make the park into a resort. Unfortunately, Henry died in 1918, when he got run over by a street car while he was scrambling to collect oranges he had dropped in the middle of the road. However, you can still tour Henry's restored four room house, complete with an old-fashioned stove and a rocking chair that transforms into a high chair for a baby. You can also see a chicken coop and the remains of a blacksmith's shop.

 

Henry originally named the park Washington Park, for the rock located on Fountain Valley Trail, that, if you look hard enough, looks just like George Washington looking up at the sky. Next to the rock that resembles George Washington is a rock in the shape of a beagle. When you are hiking on Fountain Valley Trail, you can see shapes in other rock formations, too – dinosaurs, whales, mountain lions… It's up to you! I even saw a rock that looked like a fluffy teddy bear!Henry Persse's house is open on the first Sunday of every month, and in December, you can journey to the house for hot chocolate and Christmas carols.For more details about the park and activities, go to: http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/Roxborough/Pages/RoxboroughStatePark.aspx.