Garden of the Gods Magnificence
The final leg of our trip back to the States was spent in and around Denver, Colorado. The weather was gorgeous with blue skies everyday, not surprising considering they have about 300 clear blue skies on average a year, and though it was hot, it wasn’t humid like New Orleans, Louisiana and Seagrove, Florida from where we’d just come.
One of the great things about Denver is that you can live in a city, but you are surrounded by so many opportunities to experience nature.
Just a short drive outside of the city we found Garden of the Gods. I hadn’t been there since I was a little girl so, it was great to revisit the park and see where some of those old snapshots I have in my photo albums were taken.
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The reds of the rocks shoot up from the green grasses that blow in the wind and with blue skies as far as the eye can see, it’s really a stunning view.
There is evidence that prehistoric people visited the garden in 1330 BC and from 250 BC multiple Native American tribes have stories of the rocks that have been passed down. The Ute, Comanche, Apache, Kiowa, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Pawnee and Lakota tribes all have tales of the garden and how it came to be.
There are also some great places to stay in Colorado Springs making it easy to visit the area for longer. If you’re headed here, check out The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel.
Originally called Red Rock Corral, it wasn’t until 1859 that two surveyors, including Rufus Cable, were in the area and with awe and admiration Cable proclaimed that it was a “fit place for the gods to assemble,” and the name was promptly changed to Garden of the Gods according to the Garden of the Gods website. The park allows strolling, hiking and rock climbing with a permit. For those pregnant like me, there was still plenty of places for me to climb up and around safely and for my more daring cousin there were plenty of rocks for him to climb up onto as well. It’s the perfect place to spend a day outside of the house with friends or family.
Another great place to stay in the area is The Lodge At Flying Horse.
The head of the Burlington Railroad Company, Charles Elliott Perkins, purchased the land that Garden of the Gods sits on and 200 acres surrounding it for a summer home, but never built on it preferring to leave it in its natural state for visitors to enjoy. Upon his death in 1907 the land was gifted to Colorado Springs to be a public park and open and free to all to visit, lucky for us. The Garden of the Gods is not to be missed on a trip out to Denver or Colorado Springs.
Can you spot some boys hiding between some rocks? Not only are the rocks magnificent and striking, they provide some great places to climb around, have some fun and hide if that’s what you want to do.
Garden Of The Gods
1805 N. 30th Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
Park Hours: May 1 – October 31 5AM – 11PM; November 1 – April 30 5AM – 9PM