Colorado, near Pueblo, was a temporary settlement for members of the Mormon Battalion in the winter of 1846-1847. The settlement was used by other members making their way to Salt Lake City as well. They were very ingenious, planting crops and building structures where needed. It is believed that all of these pioneers eventually left Pueblo and completed their westward journeys. During the next several years there were a few converts that settled in the area, but eventually retreated to New Mexico due to opposition. It wasn't until 1878-1896 that the Church began to be established and a branch was organized in Manassa, Colorado. Apostle John W. Taylor officially established the Colorado Mission in 1896.
The Centennial suburb is located about 30 minutes outside of Denver. This is the first and only temple to be built in Colorado. However, the Fort Collins temple is scheduled to be completed in 2016. The Denver Colorado temple features a majestic water feature and a beautiful stained glass window. The bright shades of the glass in the windows dance in the light. There is a lovely display of planters in the back hanging from slats that highlight many colorful flowers.
The Rocky Mountains are one of the first things you think of when you think about Denver. Although it's known for it's rugged outdoor adventure and breathtaking scenery, it's also a metropolis, complete with skyscrapers, public transportation and urban feel. It gets it's nickname "Mile High City" for being one of the highest cities in the US at 5,280 feet. From it's mining past to it's present bustling city, it's a great place for a visit. One of the best natural landscapes is at the Colorado National Monument. See plateaus and canyon panoramas as you drive through the park. Denver Botanical Gardens is another beautiful place to see if you enjoy horticulture. For animal lovers, stop by the Denver Zoo. If you need a break from the weather, check out Denver Museum of Nature and Science or Children's Museum of Denver for hands-on fun and informational displays about a range of subjects from dinosaurs, minerals, outer space and the human body. United States Mint educates you about the history of money and the machines that make it. For candy lovers in your group, take a free tour at Hammond's Candies to get a personal experience with the candy makers.
Denver is not hurting for a choice of restaurants. Many fine-dining experiences can be found here. Tables is moderately priced and serves gourmet unique food. Cinzetti's is an "All-you-can-eat Italian Feast". Lucille's Creole Cafe has scrumptious gumbo and Creole favorites. Pizza Fusion is an environmentally friendly restaurant with great pie choices. The Original Pancake House is a good way to start your day off without cleaning out your wallet. Breakfast staples and friendly service. When you're ready for dessert, you can't miss Little Man Ice Cream. A flavorful, unique ice cream shop that supports the local community. You've gotta love that!