As an architect, I came to appreciate the beautiful sculptural forms of the church at Ranchos de Taos in New Mexico. Ancient, indigenous and lovingly maintained, it was an easy watercolor to become emotionally involved.
The north entry to 11-Mile Canyon is a great place to spend a fall day. And, if you fish, as does my son, it is a fantastic fly-fishing experience. Fifty miles west of Colorado Springs will get you into spectacular county.