On Thursday, we went down and checked out Eldorado Springs, about 20 minutes southwest from where we are.
It is a beautiful canyon between rocky outcroppings of mountain, which you are very likely to see daring climbers ascending high above you.
There is a freezing cold river that you absolutely have to walk into (don't ask why, it's a river, do you need another reason?) and hunt for unique, sparkly and colorful rocks.
There are trails that head off in different directions, including one which is wheelchair accessible.
I saw a group of four young climbers in the middle of a climbing lesson with their instructors helping them into harnesses. I saw a small Asian family grilling some little foil packages over some very fragrant wood charcoal.
I saw lots of flowers and a few bugs. Here is one very cool bug:
Some lovely purple flowers:
Some chokeberries (no, actually, they won't make you choke):
It was a fun day and a beautiful place. We got out just before it started pouring, too!