Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

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    Garden of the Gods

    by grandmaR Updated May 14, 2007

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    Kissing Camels

    When Bob was transferred to Monterey California to go to Post Graduate School, we stopped to visit relatives in Colorado.

    At that point, I found out that the 'Kissing Camels' in the Garden of the Gods was not what I always thought that it was.

    The Kissing Camels are on each side of the hole in the rock at the top center of the picture (which was taken at dusk). When I looked at it from across the valley I saw the whole rock structure as the humps of camels with their heads and necks somewhat separated (on the south side). (I don't have a picture of that to illustrate.)

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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 Ekahau Written Apr 8, 2007

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    One of the unique features of the Colorado Springs area is the Garden of the Gods. This FREE public park consisting of red sandstone, hogback ridges as tall as fifty feet. These columns have been eroded over time (600 million years) which are thought to be covered by an inland sea many millions of years ago. The hogbacks are ridges of sandstone whose layers are tilted. For those of us on VT that love geology like my friend tiabunna this is an amazing place.

    The Colorado Front Range (Pedernal uplifts) extending north-south through central Colorado exposing Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rocks. Erosion produced great wedge-shaped deposits of red arkosic sandstone during the Pennsylvanian and Permian, some of which is exposed in Colorado as The Garden of the Gods.

    Park Hours:
    November 1 - April 30: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    May 1 - October 31: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

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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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    The Garden of the Gods Outlook

    by OlenaKyiv Updated May 28, 2007

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    View at Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods


    Many people miss this outlook at mountains, although you can take nice shots from here.

    General Directions:
    If you go from Garden of the Gods Visitor Center take north of 30th Street and make right to Mesa Road that goes up. On the opposite side of 30th Street right opposite from Mesa Road turn you will see sign to Glen Eyrie castle.

    If you go to Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, take left to Mesa Road from 30th Street. Watch for sign to Glen Eyrie that will be on your right.

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    by leafmcgowan Written Jun 28, 2006

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    Garden of the Gods, is a unique natural geological park that is located in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs ... and is a Registered National Natural Landmark. It's open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the summer and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the winter. The original family that donated the land to the public required that it would always remain free, and that is what it remains today. A great park for hiking, walking, bicycling, rock climbing, picnicking, special events, and weddings ... Garden of the Gods has it all ... and a unique tourist / information center, with a theater and gift shop. With 15 miles of trails ranging in various levels of difficulty from beginner to advanced, its a great place for hiking and exercise. A historical video greets you at the welcome center and tells the tale that began in the 1870's when the railroads carved westward, when General William Jackson Palmer founded the city of Colorado Springs and upon discovering this natural beauty, urged his friend Charles Elliott Perkins, the head of Burlington Railroad, to make his home in the Garden of the Gods and finish his railway from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Even though he didn't succeed with his rails to the Springs, he did make a summer home in 1879 by purchasing 480 acres, though he never built on it, leaving the land in its natural state and for the public. When he died in 1907, he made arrangements for the land to be a public park, and this was enacted by his children in 1909 forever as the Garden of the Gods "where it shall remain free to the public, where no intoxicating liquors shall be manufactured, sold, or dispensed, where no building or structure shall be erected except those necessary to properly care for, protect, and maintain the area as a public park." That is exactly what they've done .... and its a beautiful place to be. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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    by MandaJ320 Written May 21, 2004

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    Kissing Camels

    Garden of the Gods is a park of unusual rock formations. These rocks are red sandstone, and in all shapes and sizes. There are trails and places for climbing in this park. One rock formation is called the "kissing camels," because that's exactly what it looks like!

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    by PinkFloydActuary Written May 28, 2006

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    Wifey, dwarfed by a rock formation

    This free park is located on the western side of town. Start off in the visitor center, which is now located across the street from the park. Pick up a map of some of the hiking trails and roads through the park. Take the scenic drive, but be sure to pull over from time to time to admire the rock sculptures that time has created. Perhaps the most popular hike in the park is the Central Garden Trail. This is a paved trail that winds around some of the rock formations right off one of the main parking lots. It's about a mile and a half, but fairly level. There are other trails that are more strenuous.

    Within the park, there is a gift shop and restrooms along the scenic drive. When hiking, watch for snakes as well as the heat. Hours are 5 am to at least 9 pm (and later in the summer.)

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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 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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    Garden of the Gods

    by Erin09340 Written Jun 14, 2005

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    some of the rocks

    A free attraction consisting of rock formations and trails. But it's a lot prettier then that description. You can drive around the major rocks or get out and do some walking/hiking. There are several paved trails that're easy to walk and several more unpaved trails that get harder. I've seen deer in the park and I'm sure once and a while, you can see other animals as well. There is a main center/shop/diner where you can grab a snack, a magnet for your fridge, and use the bathroom.

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    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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    by goingsolo Updated Oct 12, 2004

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    Garden of the Gods is known for its red rock sculptues. The park itself comprises 1,350 acres of red sandstone spires, some rising to heights of 300 feet. A visit to Garden of the Gods is free, as the result of a generous donation from the children of Charles Elliott Perkins.
    The visitor center features a film on how the formations developed. There is also a 7 mile paved road which winds around the popular formations. The 1.3 mile Perkins hiking trail in addition to several other shorter trails.

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    Horseback Riding Through Garden of the Gods

    by blissgoodloe Written May 8, 2008

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    Academy Riding Stables, Main Barn
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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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    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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