Garden of the Gods - Pictures of Spectacular City Park in Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Garden of the Gods


It would be almost impossible to miss seeing the spectacular Garden of the Gods city park if one ever travels to the lovely City of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The reason for this is that it is a large park with over 1,300 acres situated near the base of the towering Pikes Peak, a mountain with an elevation of 14,100 feet which overlooks the city. One's eye would normally be drawn to that "purple mountain" majesty and what sits near its base.

Not only is the Garden of the Gods a sizable city park, but it is stunningly beautiful with striking red sandstone formations that were seemingly thrust up from the earth in distinctive and unusual patterns considering the topography of the surrounding area.


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My mother waving from our rental car
My mother waving from our rental car | Source

Colorado Vacation


My mother and I got to spend eleven wonderful sightseeing days exploring what we could of Colorado in that length of time in July of 1999. We started our vacation in Colorado Springs after flying there from Houston and we could see the Garden of the Gods from the air.

Naturally we wanted to see and experience Garden of the Gods up close. After leaving the airport with our rental car we drove through this magnificent area and were later to return to see more of the park on a guided tour.

Neither of us enjoyed this first rental car and we returned it in exchange for a Lincoln Continental Towne Car the next day for the balance of our trip in Colorado. It was a little hard for my mother to get in and out of the SUV because of her stature and we were both used to riding in sedans.

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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods
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Charles Elliott Perkins


The Perkins family came from a long line of distinguished and accomplished businessmen who accumulated great wealth.

Among his other accomplishments, Mr. C.M. Perkins was a Director of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and he was also a Director of Bell Telephone Company.

Charles Elliott Perkins had originally purchased a portion of land in Colorado Springs consisting of what is now known as Garden of the Gods for the possible location of a summer home.

Instead of building anything man-made there, he appreciated the land for what it bore...natural beauty.

He had already opened it up to the public for enjoyment of this space and acquired even more of the adjacent land.

His children knew his intent and after his death they generously donated this land consisting of 480 acres to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909 with the stipulation that it would always remain open and free of charge to the public.

Additional surrounding lands were subsequently added making Garden of the Gods the city park that is enjoyed daily by countless residents and tourists to this fine city.

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These rocks invite exploration!
These rocks invite exploration! | Source

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Photo in Garden of the Gods
Photo in Garden of the Gods | Source

Bighorn Sheep in Garden of the Gods

3dRose orn_84232_1 Pikes Peak Rock Form, Garden of The Gods, CO, USA-NA02 RNU0065-Rolf Nussbaumer-Snowflake Ornament, Porcelain, 3-Inch
3dRose orn_84232_1 Pikes Peak Rock Form, Garden of The Gods, CO, USA-NA02 RNU0065-Rolf Nussbaumer-Snowflake Ornament, Porcelain, 3-Inch

I always like having souvenirs of our travels. What better way to decorate a gift package or Christmas tree than with an ornament like this?

 

Playground


This Garden of the Gods City Park offers so much by way of not only stunning beauty but also entertainment depending upon one's willingness or ability to participate.

It is a genuine playground of sorts!

One can simply stroll the paths winding through the various formations and sit and watch the shadows dance off of the rocks, trees and vegetation native to that area.

It would be a perfect spot for meditation on some of those trails in the park.

Watch for chirping birds of various species resting on branches in the trees or colorful butterflies tasting the nectar of flowering plants.

There is a wide diversity of plant-life as well as animal life native to this area.

Fossils have been found here which indicate marine life in the past and even one type of dinosaur whose remains have been identified.

Whether one is merely a walker who likes to stay on fairly level ground or one who likes mountain hiking, one's desires can be satisfied in the Garden of the Gods.


Rock climbers have fun in this park.


One is likely to see bikers enjoying the paths throughout the park and horseback riding is also allowed.

For those with little time, just driving on the roads through the park gives one glimpses of areas where one might like to come back and explore at greater length with a little more time to spare.

Few cities have parks this distinctive and beautiful in their midst that can be accessed in all sorts of ways and are also totally free of charge.


The Kissing Camels in the Garden of the Gods

The Kissing Camels in the Garden of the Gods
The Kissing Camels in the Garden of the Gods | Source

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Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado | Source

Rock Climbing in Garden of the Gods

Rock Climbing


My mother and I actually did see some professional rock climbing taking place in the Garden of the Gods in addition to the normal type of scrambling over rocks by children and adults.

In order to scale those heights, one must have the proper equipment and permit and climb with a buddy on established routes. One can also hire professional rock climbing guides to assist one in this type of effort if a novice climber.

The video to the right shows some of the fun had by these adventurous folks in Garden of the Gods Park.


Rock climbing in Garden of the Gods

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Can you spot the rock climber in Garden of the Gods?
Can you spot the rock climber in Garden of the Gods?
Can you spot the rock climber in Garden of the Gods? | Source

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Garden of the Gods
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This would be more my type of rock climbing!
This would be more my type of rock climbing! | Source

Visitor Center and Nature Center


The two photos below were taken one day on a narrated bus tour of the park. My mother and I had stopped in to the Visitors Center and had taken the time to look at the displays of minerals, plant-life and learned about local wildlife, geology and more. One can watch a movie in this location and become better educated regarding all of the history of this area. I would highly recommend doing this!

Seen below is the Balanced Rock...a notable subject for the snapping of pictures!

Balanced Rock - Garden of the Gods

Balanced Rock - Garden of the Gods
Balanced Rock - Garden of the Gods | Source
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Garden of the Gods in Winter with Snow

Posted Hours


The Garden of the Gods Park is open daily from 5 AM to 9 PM with even longer hours in the summer. From May to October one can enjoy this park from 5 AM to 11 PM.

Thus, if you ever decide to travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, be sure and visit the spectacular city park called the Garden of the Gods.

Location of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Garden of Gods, Colorado Springs, CO 80829, USA
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Peggy W 16 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Patricia,

All is well here in Texas notwithstanding the extreme heat. Real temperatures are 98 with feel like temps of 100 to 108. For those without air conditioning, these temperatures can be dangerous...especially for the very young and old. Thanks for the visit and sending good thoughts your way as well.


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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida

Hi Peggy Pretty sure I visited this wonderful site before with you..but I wanted to stop and say I am thinking of you and wishing you and yours well. Hoping all is good in your little corner of Texas.

Know that Angels are winging their way to you from Florida this morning ps


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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Greetings Chantelle,

The Garden of the Gods is certainly that! Awe inspiring and majestic. Glad you liked seeing this. :)


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Chantelle Porter 17 months ago from Chicago

What a majestic and awe inspiring place. Thank you for sharing.


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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Patricia,

I was indeed blessed to be able to see this fantastic scenery of the Garden of the Gods with my mother. It was wonderful to be able to share that kind of special time with her. Actually, every day no matter what we were doing was special. Thanks!


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