Did you know Colorado has it’s very own castle?
While visiting family in Colorado Springs, we had a chance to wander the grounds at Glen Eyrie. It was originally the estate of the founder of Colorado Springs but has been owned and operated by the Christian ministry organization, The Navigators, since 1953. It is now a conference and retreat center whose mission is to “inspire, build and encourage those who shape lives through the journeys of life.”
We couldn’t visit inside the castle itself because a group was using it for a retreat, but we had fun exploring the places my boyfriend grew up in.
We even had a chance to observe the local wildlife!
They have a great book store and café, as well. You can get coffee or tea and pick up some wonderful Christian literature, including just about any version of The Message bible you might want. One of their ministries is NavPress, the publishing arm of their ministry. They also have Colorado souvenir gifts and non-Christian specific books, as well.
If you haven’t been before and are planning a trip to Colorado Springs, it is definitely worth a stop. You can learn more about tours and hiking on their website, www.gleneyrie.org. It is also right next to Garden of the Gods, another amazing place to stop!