KitTravelsHikeFor my entire adult life, I have had a fascination with the history of the local tourist attractions and natural wonders of my home town.    

I love to research, explore and share the trivia that I have experienced over the years.  On a hike a few years ago, a friend had suggested that I dump all of my local explorations from my internal memory onto virtual paper. This turned into the book “Easy Hikes to the Hidden Past: Pikes Peak Edition” released in 2020.

I am a Certified Interpretational Guide through the National Association of Interpretation.  As a volunteer with the City of Colorado Springs, I lead nature hikes through the Garden of the Gods and am on the Board of the Friends of Garden of the Gods. 

I have worked in the tourism industry most of my life.   At one time, I worked at the High Point Camera Obscura in the Garden of the Gods  The building is gone and all that is left is parking lot and overlook at the top of Ridge Road.  In my teen years, we lived in Pleasant Valley, and the Garden of the Gods was our weekend playground.  My career has been in hotel management. After retirement, I spent five years as a Ranger and Hiking Guide at Cloud Camp on the north summit of Cheyenne Mountain.

If you have facts that you would care to add to this website or a correction to make, I would love to hear about it.

Happy explorations,

Rocky Shockley

Top of Swisher Trail
Celebrating the top of the Swisher Trail