Educational series by Friends of Red Rock Canyon starts May 21An educational talk-and-walk is scheduled at the Red Rock Canyon Open Space Pavilion Wednesday, May 21, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Don Ellis, who has co-authored a book about Red Rock Canyon, will give a brief presentation on the city park's history, then lead a hike to look at features.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Signups are being taken at firstname.lastname@example.org or 685-4792. Other talk-and-walks, addressing different aspects of the open space, will be scheduled during the summer, according to David Valier of the Friends group.
A press release includes the following background on Ellis' topic:
“From Ute fortifications to mines and quarries, to railroads and gold mills, to pony rides, to grandiose plans, to public open space, the Red Rock Canyon area has a varied and colorful history.
”When settlers from the east came to Colorado City, the Red Rock Canyon area was explored and exploited for its geologic resources. Tawny sandstone from the Dakota hogback was quarried for Colorado City's earliest stone buildings and for other local buildings. After the Midland Railroad built a spur into Red Rock Canyon, red Lyons sandstone quarried in Red Rock Canyon was shipped as far away as Texas and California. Several mills for milling Cripple Creek ore were built in Colorado City. The first and the last of these were built on the edge of what is now Red Rock Canyon Open Space.”
From a press release