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Uncle Rocky's home is a couple of long tunnels he dug like the hard-working gopher he is! Rocky showed us things he found in the mines -- bird feathers, a moose tooth, and a lot of silver and gold pieces. Ditch couldn't stop staring at the silver and gold. Stop staring, Ditch! Later, in Estes Park, the 'Gateway to the Rocky Mountains,' we looked at huge mountains, rowed a rowboat on very blue Lake Estes, and rode horses (“First gophers on horses in Colorado!”) Rocky Mountain National Park is huge! 416 square miles! Much bigger than the gopher village I come from. The Park became official Park a long time ago, in 1915.

There are more animals in Rocky Mountain Park than in many US states. Fish called trout, all kinds of birds - even a small one called the pygmy owl! So many things to do and see in the Park for us two GoBros. We went for a hike and Ditch wanted me to carry him, like a little fur-faced crying baby. I didn't. We hiked past mountains called Never Summer Mountains. It's always winter up there! People were climbing up steep rocks on Lumpy Ridge. Uncle Rocky said, climb the Lumpy Ridge. No thank you!

Actual fact - we saw 14,440-foot-high Mount Ebert. It still has snow all over it even in the summer! Why? Because it is so high and always cold up on top! You can walk in snow in the Rocky Mountains on the 4th of July!

When Ditch heard there are over 3000 elk in Rocky Mountain Park, he ran around to count them all! He found 3. But, we also saw mule deer and a bighorn sheep, but no bears. Sorry, GoBro! Many beavers were busy using their big front teeth to cut up trees and branches to make dams, and build beaver homes. A Park ranger called them lodges. It just looks like a big pile of sticks to me.

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Denver Art Museum

This Denver Art Museum is unique because it specializes in Native American and Western art. Inside the Denver Art Museum you will find a huge collection of Native American Art. The American Indian art galleries hold nearly 20,000 pieces of art from cultures and tribes all over the United States and Canada. The collection includes Pueblo ceramics, Navajo textiles, sculpture, basketry, beadwork and oil paintings. Check out the famous painting “Long Jakes,” by Charles Deas or the bronze sculpture “The Cheyenne” by famous American sculptor, Frederic Remington.

The museum is also home to many more galleries, including Modern art, Asian Art, African Art and Photography. There are lots of spots in the museum to get involved in art! Every gallery has a new adventure. Dress up in robes and hats from imperial china, solve an Oceanic puzzle, play African instruments or get your hands in some clay in the Mud Studio. On your way out, or your way in, stop and admire the cool design of the Frederic C. Hamilton building.


City Park

This park is not only the largest park in Denver, but is also home to the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The park has two lakes, trails for jogging and walking, children's playgrounds, tennis courts, athletic fields and an 18-hole golf course. The 80-acre Zoo is home to over 4000 animals, representing 700 different species. Animals of all kinds will delight you, including lemurs, leopards, Siberian tigers, Komodo dragons, king cobras, black rhinos, vampire bats, gorillas and more. Be amazed by Predator Ridge, the Komodo dragon habitat and Primate Panorama, three highlights of the zoo.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is the place to go to learn about all things in our world and beyond. This interactive museum explores everything from the lives of animals and insects to the study of gems and minerals. Take a look at outer space in the Space Odyssey exhibit or head to the Expedition Health exhibit to look at cells from your own body. Go back in time and look at x-rays of real Egyptian mummies or explore a Cheyenne tipi.


Colorado Railroad Museum

If you love trains, this is the spot for you! The Colorado Railroad Museum takes you through the lively 125 year history of trains in Colorado. The Museum is located on 15 acres and all of the railroad equipment is on display outdoors. The Museum is home to more than 100 narrow and standard locomotives, cabooses and cars. Get up close to old cabooses, parlor-observation cars, post office cars and a Western coach car, to name a few. The museum building is a replica of a 1880s-style train depot. Exhibits include a working roundhouse, a fully functioning 90-foot, “Armstrong” turntable, model railroads, photographs and all things trains. Peek inside the window at the recreated depot telegrapher's office. If you happen to visit on a Saturday, take a quick ride on the historic Galloping Goose locomotive. All aboard!


Rocky Mountain National Park

You cannot go to Colorado without visiting the famous Rocky Mountains. This 400-square-mile National Park is only a 71 mile drive to Denver and is an easy day trip. Once in the park you can enjoy more than 350 miles of trails, walk through valleys of wildflowers, check out amazing waterfalls, and visit over 150 lakes, forests, snowcapped peaks and 60 mountains taller than 12,000 feet. If you like climbing rocks, there are boulders everywhere on the trail to Gem Lake. Wildlife sightings may include elk, moose, beaver, big horn sheep, three-toed woodpeckers and eagles.

The Beaver Boardwalk near the beginning of Trail Ridge Road leads you over a pond that was once home to a group of busy beavers. Their story is told on signs along the walkway. Sometimes during the summer, the bighorn sheep come down to Sheep Lakes. Don't forget to get your Junior Ranger Badge! Pick up a "Rocky's Junior Ranger Program" booklet at a Ranger Station or Information Center and become a Junior Ranger by completing the activities in the booklet.


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Colorado Green Chili

The people of Denver are serious about their Colorado Green Chili. The state of Colorado is always looking for the best recipe and is home to dozens of Chili Cook-offs and Contests every year! Green Chili is a stew made with roasted green chili, pork, tomato, garlic, chicken broth, spices and onion. Depending on how spicy you like your food, you can add more kick to it with some hot sauce or more chopped chili peppers on top. At the local farmer's markets you can find all types of peppers; Big Jim, Sandia, Joe Parker, Mosco, Mirasol, Gypsy, Barker, Anaheim, Hatch and Poblano, to name a few. The Anaheim chili is one of the most mild peppers, Joe Parker medium and the Habanero is one of the hottest. The Green peppers are harvested in early autumn and late summer. Farmers send their crops out to be roasted over an open flame, causing the skin to blister and peel. Roasting the peppers gives green chili its delicious smoky flavor. Denver's restaurants serve bowl after bowl of good green chili, served with grated cheese and tortillas. This hearty dish is the perfect meal to warm up your insides on a snowy Colorado day.


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Digging History

1803

The Louisiana Purchase is signed, giving most of eastern Colorado to the United States.


1848

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is established, giving a large area of Colorado to the United States.


1850

The Federal Government purchased the remaining area of Colorado from Texas.


1858

Denver is founded as Denver City, Colorado.
Gold is discovered in what is now Denver.


1859

Gold is discovered by George A. Jackson along Chicago Creek.


1861

Congress established the Colorado territory.


1863

The first telegraph line links Denver to the East Coast.


1867

Denver is made the capital of Colorado.


1869

The World's First Rodeo is held in Deer Trail.


1870

The Denver and Pacific Railroad is constructed to connect Denver with Union Pacific Railroad at Cheyenne, Wyoming.


1871

Colorado School of Mines is established at Golden, Colorado.


1876

Colorado becomes the 38th state admitted to the Union.


1878

Silver is discovered in Little Pittsburg, creates Colorado's great mining boom.
Telephones are installed in Denver.


1883

Electric lights are installed in Denver.


1890

Gold is discovered at Cripple Creek, creates Colorado's biggest gold rush.


1891

First national forest reserve is established Colorado.


1901-07

President Theodore Roosevelt established 16 million acres of national forest land in Colorado.


1902

Denver City is renamed Denver.


1906

United States Mint in Denver stamped its first coins.


1911

Colorado National Monument is created by President Taft.


1915

Rocky Mountain National Park is created by President Woodrow Wilson.


1966

Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District is established.


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