I spend my days playing with my kid, dreaming up what's next and trying to find any excuse possible to get up into the mountains.
- Denver, Colorado
One of the coolest (literally) of the Colorado Springs hiking trails, and one of the best-kept secrets. This is a unique 2-mile hike near Glen Eyrie that meanders through a steep canyon, gains 400 feet of vertical, and ends up at the punch bowls-- five granite bowls filled with mountain water. Excellent hike for a hot summer day. Jump into the bowls and go for a swim.
.The Cave of the Winds was formed in the limestone layers roughly 4-7 million years ago while the layer was still under the water table. Rainwater mixed with carbon dioxide and formed a weak carbonic acid. The acid solution dissolved away portions of the limestone leaving behind the passageways and rooms you can see today. When the water table dropped below the level of the caves...stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, flowstone and more.