Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

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    Garden of the Gods

    by oriettaIT Updated Mar 16, 2014

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    This is a truly amazing place to visit if you happen to be in the area.
    The sandstone formations are incredible, colorful and towering all over you.
    The park is admission free and there are several walking trails, suitable also for wheelchairs. It is also possible to follow a driveway to move from the different viewpoints.
    There are many rock formation mostly reddish but also other color and it is a real wonder to walk around them.
    One of them is called the Kissing camels because it is exactly what it looks like.

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    “Nice Natural Attraction”

    by AVSENT Written Mar 1, 2014

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    This is a nice way to kill a few hours. The nice red rock formations are awesome. Great picture taking against the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak. The gift shop has nice gifts and some of the best views.

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  • Walking through the Garden of the Gods

    by Robynlm Written Sep 8, 2013
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    This is a beautiful place to wander. The colors of the rocks change depending on the time you visit. Beautiful sunsets, as the sun hits the rocks at various angles, it is awe inspiring. This is a not to miss spot on anyone's itinerary.

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    Garden of the Gods

    by aja28 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Garden of the Gods is a gorgeous free public park. You can drive through...but I advise stopping and taking a walk through the park. There's a very nice spacious and paved walkway that will lead you through some amazing towering sandstone rock formations. There are restrooms at the park. And there are free Naturalist-led walks daily. They also have a very nice visitors' center.

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Garden of the Gods is the best park in Colorado Springs for site seeing, picnicking, jogging, and biking. Miles of paved roads, dirt roads, and dirt trails provide excellent routes for all kinds of activities. When I'm in town, I love to run the central loop twice for a beautiful 4-mile run. With over 1.7 million visitors per year, Garden of the Gods is America's 29th most visited city park.

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    by bocmaxima Written Dec 20, 2010

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    This is one of the most obvious things to do in the city. You can see the formations from the interstate, beckoning you to take the short drive over. I always do.
    The best part about Garden of the Gods is that it's completely free, as this was stipulated in the grant of the land to the non-profit that runs it. It's impressive and certainly unexpected, but also lends itself nicely to the surprises that Colorado Springs, in general, offers to the visitor.
    When you go, go early. Later, the parking lots fill up with gawky tourists, screaming kids, and idiot teenagers who try to climb the rocks and get screamed at. It's very easy to get away from the masses on a number of trails away from the rocks though.
    Mind the one-way roads (get a map before you go in) and and letting cars behind you pass if you decide to stop in the middle of the road.

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    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 6, 2009

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    This is one really unique place. It has a visitor center that shows 30 exhibits of the geology and why these rocks are created like they are. The red rocks come in various formations and most are named for some item/thing. You can get pics up close, but not to climb. It also has a show for $5. The gift shop, called trading center is close by. Open from 8-8 during most months, and 9-5 in winter months. Location is right close by the town of Colorado Springs, off Hwy 25.
    IF I COULD FIND THE OLD "LOST' PHOTOS YOU WOULD SEE MORE THAN THESE BROCHURES-BUT THE TRIP IS WORTH IT AND THAT IS WHY I AM PRESENTING TODAY, OR MAYBE UNTIL I RETURN.

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    by Toughluck Written Sep 6, 2009

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    The Garden of the God's was once a private holding that has become a county park. It's free to the public, with tours and a movie presentation available from the visitor center at the primary entrance. It offers paved trails and many parking areas from which you can walk through the towering spires. It's a beautiful place of red rocks and white towers. Many have fanciful names. Enjoy the tranquility of the open spaces, the shade of the pines and the sound of the wind.

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    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 30, 2008

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    This surreal landscape of sculpted rocks stands out even from a great distance. The wind and water have carved them into some very strange shapes.

    There are several good hiking trails. The Visitor Center has trail maps and other information about the park.

    You may observe rock climbers in the park. They have permission from the park management. You cannot just go out there and do this on your own. This is important to know, because unauthorized rock climbing is dangerous and may get you into trouble.

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    by ColoradoKirk Written Jun 4, 2008

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    Garden of the Gods is a free city park in Colorado Springs made up of gargantuan sandstone fins and spires. Nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, it's truly a geological oddity.

    You can drive through the park, or hike trails to strange rock formations like "Siamese Twins" and "Balanced Rock." Horseback riding is available through Academy Riding Stables, and dogs are welcome in the park.

    This is a great place to start a vacation in Colorado Springs!

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    Horseback Riding Through Garden of the Gods

    by blissgoodloe Written May 8, 2008

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    Your adventure begins at their stables 30 minutes prior to ride time, where you are matched with a horse that will carry you on either a one- or two-hour ride. Whether you’re an experienced rider or just a beginner, their trained cowboys have the knowledge and skill to insure your ride is the best it can be.
    As you wind along the scenic trails of historical Garden of the Gods, your eyes will feast on the natural beauty that inspired one of America’s most revered and timeless anthems, “America The Beautiful.”
    OPEN YEAR ROUND
    Office Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
    Must be 8 years old, 250 lb weight limit
    Call for Spring, Fall and Winter Schedules
    Reservations recommended.

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    The Garden of the Gods

    by OlenaKyiv Written Jun 3, 2007
    The Garden from the overlook area


    Make sure you will stop on the overview area which is next on the route in the park after main parking lot. You can easily miss it, because it is not large, however, it has fabulous overviews on the Garden of the Gods. It will be on your left and definitely you will see some visitors there already. Try to find a spot to park, because it is worth it, especially if you like photography.

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    The Garden of the Gods: Balanced Rock

    by OlenaKyiv Written Jun 3, 2007
    The Balanced Rock


    The most popular place for visitors of the Garden of the Gods is the Balanced Rock. By the way, don’t think that it would balance till present day if it did not get a help from humans. Yes, the Balanced Rock was fortified years ago with the cement. It is good it was, because every time I drive by it, I see several people who try to push it. Brrr… scary thing.

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    The Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    The Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is interesting place to stop, although I would not to say that it is necessary stop , because I didn't find much of interesting information there. You will find much more in the park. However, you can take nice pictures of the Garden from the center and take pictures near a stone with a name of the park and today’s date upstairs of the center for your memory.
    Also the visitor center has a small café, unfortunately, overpriced.

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    Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Closed Tuesday's in Jan & Feb

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    The Garden of the Gods - The Kissing Camels

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    The Kissing Camels in the Garden of the Gods are not real animals and they have connection to a desert. The Kissing Camels is the tallest sandstone formation in the Garden of the Gods, rises to a height of 320 feet tall. Why the Kissing Camels? Because they look like camels that are kissing. You may see this formation from the Garden of the Gods visitor and Nature Center or from the main parking in the park (at your right).

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