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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is a 1300-acre City of Colorado Springs Park and registered National Natural Landmark.  The garden is composed of numerous red sandstone rock formations, some towering up to 300 feet high.  A network of trails lead visitors through the garden and to the various formations.  Charles Perkins deeded the land that is now Garden of the Gods to the city upon his death in 1909 with the provision that it be a free to the public.  The park has since grown to its current size and the visitor center and museum was opened in 1995.  Rock scrambling is prohibited and technical rock climbing is only allowed by permit.

Contact Information:

1805 N. 30th St.,.
Colorado Springs, CO, 80904

Phone: 719.634.6666

Map:

Rock Formations:

The rock formations of Garden of the Gods are all named and some are quite obvious.

Giant Footprints:

Giant Footprints are located along Palmer Trail about a quarter-mile north of Scotsman Picnic Area.

Kissing Camels:

The Kissing Camels are along the top of the big ridge at the north end of the Central Garden.  It's really clear how this one was named.

Pulpit Rock:

Scotsman:

Siamese Twins:

The Siamese Twins were my favorite of the rock formations.  They can be accessed from their namesake trail.  Two spires are connected at the bottom and middle, forming a window in the rock.


Pikes Peak can be seen looking through the window.

Sleeping Giant:

Three Graces:

Tower of Babel:

Wildlife:

A couple of moths on a thistle flower.


Fence lizard


Woodhouse's scrub jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

Blog Entries:

07-Jul-2018: Garden of the Gods

External Links:

Garden of the Gods website: https://www.gardenofgods.com/