After our stay in Santa Fe, we headed north to Colorado. We awoke in Colorado Springs to a dusting of snow. As the sun warmed the ground the snow melt everywhere except Pikes Peak visible in the background of the Garden of the Gods Park in the picture below.
Below is a picture of Balanced Rock within the Park.
This is a picture of my husband posing as though he was the full weight of the rock on his shoulder.
After leaving Garden of the Gods, we travelled down the highway to Denver. We enjoyed a tour of downtown Denver with our step-aboard guide which included an inside look at the Capitol building.
The capitol building was built in the 1890's and in 1908 24 karat gold was used to plate the dome. The gold plated dome commemorates Colorado's Gold Rush days, and the early pioneers and miners who helped build the state of Colorado.
The interior of the capitol was built with the rare and priceless Colorado Rose Onyx. The mauve marble is so rare that its known supply was completely used up in the process of beautifying the capitol.