On the way both in and out of Rocky Mountain National Park, we took Colorado Route 7, which winds through the area west of Boulder. I noticed a historical marker on the way up but didn’t really see this amazing stone structure until we were headed back down toward I-70.
Completed in 1936, the St Catherine of Siena Chapel stands atop a large rock outcropping at the foot of Mount Meeker near Allenspark, Colorado. The site was discovered in 1916 by a Catholic priest – Monsignor Joseph Bosetti, who was searching for what he thought was the impact site of a falling star.
Mount Meeker seen from St Malo
It took him 20 years to see the church completed. The land on which it sits was donated by a wealthy Denver businessman – Oscar Malo. A Catholic retreat center was built on the land surronding the chapel and is known as St Malo. The chapel which was designated a historic site in 1999, has had its ups and downs in recent years.
In 1993, the chapel was visited by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Denver for World Youth Day. The pope prayed in the chapel and blessed it, which is good because it has since been ravaged by fire, flood and mudslides. These natural disasters have left the immediate landscape looking like a war zone and caused the closing of the St Malo Retreat and Conference Center.
Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel