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.
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.
It’s formation is explained here but that only makes it more interesting.
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.
Caught a quick glimpse of one of the permanent residents here.
This park is a wonderful mix of rocks and foliage with some magnificent views.
This park is over 1300 acres of roads, hiking trails, rock climbing (get a permit first), and great views.
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.
I just love finding all of the different views that can be found here.
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.
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.
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