In 1881, workmen for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad discovered a hidden side canyon along Grape Creek that led to a large natural amphitheater. Dubbed ‘The Temple’, the site (along with hundreds of surrounding acres) was aquired as a city park in 1912. The rock alcove was formed by the continual seepage of water into small fissures or cracks in the rock. This stunning location may have been used by the Ute Indian Tribe as a ceremony site. The hike itself is beautiful and can be shortened by parking at the campsite indicated below. For a longer hike with more historical detrius and more than half a dozen creek crossings, you can park further up Temple Canyon Road at the restrooms just before the bridge.