Don Ellis

Ellis, Don: - Don Ellis is a Westside native who literally grew up in the shadow of the Dakota hogback at Red Rock. Don majored in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado where he came to know the Lyons Sandstone and Tuscan vernacular architecture by rock climbing on several of the university buildings. He did a year of graduate work in metallurgy at Denver University and completed his PhD in bioengineering at the University of Michigan. Don is arguably the most informed expert on both the human and geological history of Red Rock Canyon, and serves on the board of the Friends of Red Rock Canyon. He is also active in the Old Colorado City Historical Society. As a guest hiker with the AdAmAn Club in 2009 for their annual New Year's Eve climb up Pikes Peak, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first guest hike with the club as a 19-year-old Explorer Scout. Update 2019 -- We are sad to report that Don Ellis passed away in November 2018. Our friend Don was Read More chevron_right