Magazine article Sunset

Rockin' out in Colorado

Magazine article Sunset

Rockin' out in Colorado

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It's morning when we arrive at Roxborough State Park. I spot more than a dozen deer nibbling at the brush along the road into the park in the soft early light. From the George T. O'Malley Jr. Visitor Center, I follow a fox up the trail. Suddenly the animal stands alert, leaps into the air, and pounces onto a vole in the grass.

It's a fine welcome to Roxborough State Park, a 3,300acre unit on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. The park is just 20 miles south of Denver (you can see the city from the park's high trails), but it's pretty wild. "It's more like a preserve than a multiple-use state park," says park manager Susie Trumble. At night the animals have the run of the place.

While Roxborough abounds in wildlife, the park was originally established to preserve the rocks-most notably, a spectacular slice of what's called the Fountain Formation. This layer of sandstone traverses the park, thrusting upward in a sharply tilted spine of red and ocher rocks. …

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