The Place Where The Gods Gather
The Garden of the Gods is a public park (with no admission fee!) located close to the City of Colorado Springs, about an hour south of Denver.
Because the red rocks are thrust up out of ground, visitors can clearly see the layers of deposits that were laid down over the ages.
You can see evidence of ancient oceans, the remains of mountain ranges that were eroded long ago before the next uplift began.
There are also alluvial fans, sandy beaches and great sand dunes which can be easily seen in the formations. There are many recreational activities available in the Park. You can choose hiking, walking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Because of the steep vertical rocks, the Park is very popular with rock climbers. You will need a permit, which you can obtain at the Visitor’s Center.
You should also make sure you have the proper equipment and keep in mind that after rain or snow the rocks can be very slippery.
Keep an eye out, too, for rattlesnakes that may be sunning themselves on the rocks in the hot summer sun!
Bicycling is another popular activity in the Park. It’s a great spot for less experienced cyclists because the roads are paved and there are no extremely steep grades.
Picnics here are a great family or couples activity.
Visiting the Park is a lot of fun because the views are very scenic, opportunities for photographs are everywhere and it is also a very relaxing, place to visit, especially in the off-season which is before Memorial Day in late May and after Labor Day in early September.