It was a gorgeous day in the Denver metro area on Friday so I headed out to South Valley Park on my first regular (as in not snowshoe) hike of the year. It’s still a bit early in the season for a prime wildflower show, but there were just enough blooms in this foothills-area park to keep things interesting.

This is really the perfect early-season hike. The Coyote Song/Swallow Trail Loop winds for 2.85 easy miles through grassy meadows and among impressive uplifted sandstone monoliths of the Fountain and Lyons Formations. The uplifting of these sedimentary layers occurred during a period of mountain building called the Laramide Orogeny approximately 35-70 million years ago. (If you’re new to my blog, you will soon find that I am a huge geology geek and that I will reference the Laramide Orogeny every chance I get).

Below are a few of my photos from the hike. Check out the rest of the photos HERE.

South Valley Park

South Valley Park

Spring Beauties

Spring Beauties

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Sand Lily

Moth close-up

Fountain Formation – South Valley Park

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