Garden of The Gods

Written by on July 22, 2016 in CO Outdoor Adventures - Comments Off on Garden of The Gods

Imagine sandstone rock formations that soar 300 feet into the air and hang precariously over the valley floor, all set against the backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak. The rock formations resemble the fins of gigantic sea creatures breaking the surface of the sandy soil below. The soaring vistas and inspirational scenery make Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a true scenic wonder.

The park got its name in an unusual way. In August 1859, two surveyors began to survey and situate a town site that was to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. One surveyor, M. S. Beach, thought it would be a “capital place for a beer garden” when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, was said to exclaim, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.” It has been so called ever since.

The park is a photographers dream, with photo opportunities from the Visitor & Nature Center terrace as well as from both parking lots, or from the trails throughout the park. The park also offers numerous activities, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, regulation rock climbing, guided nature walks, picnicking and more. The park hosts a special event on Earth Day every year, as well as two events for runners — The Grand Prix of Running sponsors a 5K/5M run and The Garden of the Gods 10-Mile Run™ which is part of the Colorado Runners Triple Crown. Another fun event is the Starlight Spectacular —a nighttime recreational bike ride held each summer benefiting the Trails and Open Space Coalition of Colorado Springs. This race is the first event of Ridefinders Bike Week.

The gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenirs and specializes in Colorado-made items — American Indian jewelry and pottery, sculptures, books, postcards, toys, gifts and especially their famous homemade fudge!

The Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs. The Park is open May 1 – Oct 31 from 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Nov 1 – Apr 30 from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter months and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Both the Park and Visitor & Nature Center are free and open to the public.

There are plenty of lodging options in Colorado Springsicon as well as a number of Colorado Adventures and Tours to you can enjoy as well.

Other attractions in the area include:
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Mineral Waters of Manitou Springs

Garden of the Gods
1805 N. 30th St (at Gateway Rd)
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Phone: 719.634.6666

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