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Garden of the Gods, a Spectacular City Park in Colorado Springs
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.
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.
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 plus 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 of 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.
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.
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 plus 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.
This video shows some of the fun had by these adventurous folks in Garden of the Gods Park.
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 which is a notable subject for the snapping of pictures!
Balanced Rock - Garden of the Gods
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.
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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Winter with Snow Scenes in this Park
If you are in Colorado Springs you may wish to also see these nearby sites.
- Photos of U.S. Air Force Academy and Chapel in Colorado Springs
Learn about the site where the U.S. Air Force cadets get their training. Pictures show the spectacular grounds in Colorado. Of particular interest is the attention grabbing architecture of the chapel which would fit well in a sci-fi setting.
- Pikes Peak Mountain Sightseeing Bus Tour ~ Colorado Springs Vacation Pictures
One can assend this "Purple Mountain Majesty" in a number of ways...mountain climbing, cog railway, bus tours or even auto racing. The views from the lofty top of Pikes Peak are worth it no matter how one gets there!
- Pictures of Indian Dancers & Cliff Dwellings at Manitou Springs, Colorado
Pictures & videos of the Eagle Dance, Hoop Dance & others which are performed daily by Native American Indians dressed in colorful feathered costumes at the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings.
© 2010 Peggy Woods