This is one of the best city parks we have ever been to. It is hard to believe that this is a Colorado Springs city park. The main reason was due to the initial donation of the land by Charles Elliot Perkins in 1909 to the city.

 

 

Garden of the Gods - Balanced Rock Roadway 1

Garden of the Gods – Balanced Rock Roadway 1

This is the famous Balanced Rock. In the 1890’s this was a private tourist spot in which you could get your picture taken at the rock for 25 cents. Now you can do it for free.

 

Garden of the Gods - Amazing Balanced Rock Sign

Garden of the Gods – Amazing Balanced Rock Sign

It’s formation is explained here but that only makes it more interesting.

 

Garden of the Gods - Trading Post Patio

Garden of the Gods – Trading Post Patio

Traveling through from the southwest you come across the Trading Post. A beautiful gift store / restaurant with a gorgeous patio to enjoy a meal or just sit and rest.

 

Garden of the Gods - Deer Sighting

Garden of the Gods – Deer Sighting

Caught a quick glimpse of one of the permanent residents here.

 

Garden of the Gods - Tree, Roads, and Rocks

Garden of the Gods – Tree, Roads, and Rocks

This park is a wonderful mix of rocks and foliage with some magnificent views.

 

Garden of the Gods - Landscape 1

Garden of the Gods – Landscape 1

This park is over 1300 acres of roads, hiking trails, rock climbing (get a permit first), and great views.

 

Garden of the Gods - Rock Formation 1

Garden of the Gods – Rock Formation 1

More great views. And the best part is that this park is free to visit thanks to the condition of the original donation. The ridge in the background is known as Kissing Camels.

 

Garden of the Gods - Look Out Below

Garden of the Gods – Look Out Below

I just love finding all of the different views that can be found here.

 

Garden of the Gods - Indian Trail Marker

Garden of the Gods – Indian Trail Marker

If you love to hike, this park is full of trails. There is an abundance of history-  as you can imagine – found in this location. You can find out much more at the Visitors Center at the Northeast end of the park. We will have a separate post for the Visitors Center because it had so much to see all by itself.

 

 

Garden of the Gods - Rock Features

Garden of the Gods – Rock Features

While the red rocks are beautiful, not all of them are red.

 

 

This is one of the most visited sites in this region for a good reason. If you are ever in the Colorado Springs area, we highly recommend a trip here.

For more info go to:

http://www.gardenofgods.com/

 

 

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

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