15 Pictures From Garden Of the Gods That Will Make You Fall In Love

15 Pictures From Garden Of the Gods That Will Make You Fall In LoveThese pictures of Garden Of the Gods will be sure to make your mouth drop. Garden Of the Gods is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is about an hour south from the Denver airport. The beautiful formations you’d see at the park are ancient sedimentary rocks made of deep-red, pink, and white sandstones, conglomerates, and limestone that were deposited horizontally, but are now tilted vertically due to uplifting. The rocks were once an ancient sea, eroded remains of an old mountain range, sandy beaches, and great sand dune fields.

How did Garden Of the Gods get it’s name?

Garden Of the Gods was actually named after a beer garden in 1859, after Beach and Rufus Cable stumbled across the rock formations. They had proclaimed that the park was a place for the Gods to assemble and drink beer.

Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

How much does it cost to visit Garden Of the Gods?

The park is FREE and will remain that way! In 1879, Charles Elliot Perkins bought the land. After his death in 1907, he deeded the property to Colorado Springs under certain conditions-one of which was for the park to always remain free for visitors to admire its beauty!

Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

The Ute Tribe

The Ute tribe of Native Americans used to camp in the Garden Of the Gods. They stayed in this pass because it was one of the only trails in the region between the prairies and the mountains. Every year, buffalo would migrate through the pass. Every summer, the Utes people would patiently wait for the buffalo to arrive.

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Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

Activities Offered in Garden Of the Gods

Garden Of the Gods allows its visitors to hike, bike, horseback ride, and explore its park! The park promotes its visitors to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views that it has to offer.

Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

Can you rock climb in Garden Of the Gods?

Rock climbing is permitted in Garden Of the Gods, as long as the participant fills out a free registration form before climbing and brings the proper equipment. We would love to add this to our bucket list!

Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

The Kissing Camels

The Ute Native American tribe believed the kissing camels to be two beasts locked in an everlasting truth. One camel represented good while the other represented evil. They were locked in truth to symbolize how the Ute people believed that good and evil was present in each member of the tribe.

Kissing Camels Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO
Can you spy the kissing camels in this picture?

Garden Of the Gods Trading Post

If you’re not much of a hiker and simply came for a quick view, the trading post will surely become your favorite spot in Garden Of the Gods. It is one of the oldest and largest merchantile’s in the state of Colorado. The trading post offers you lunch, souvenirs, and features a Native American art gallery.

Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

Balanced Rock

The below image is that of Balanced Rock in Garden Of the Gods. It is made from a combination of coarse sand, gravel, silica, and hematite. The hematite is what gives the rock formation its red hue.

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Balanced Rock in Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO
Balanced Rock

Cathedral Valley

The following two images show a view of Cathedral Valley in Garden Of the Gods, which is known for their unusual hogback formations. Hogbacks are long hills or mountain ridges with steep sides.

Cathedral Valley in Garden Of the Gods
View of Cathedral Valley.
Cathedral Valley in Garden Of the Gods
Another perspective of Cathedral Valley.

Garden Of the Gods has its own dinosaur!

James Kerr, a Colorado College professor, found the mysterious remains of an unidentified dinosaur in Garden Of the Gods in 1878. This dino came to be known as Theiophytalia kerri. In Greek, Theios means “belonging to the gods” and phytalia means “garden”.

Garden Of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak

If you’re in the Colorado Springs area  (around Garden Of the Gods) and have the time, I highly recommend going to Pikes Peak. It is the highest summit of the southern front edge of the Rocky Mountains at 14,115 feet. It is also located 10 miles west of Colorado Springs and Garden Of the Gods. To get to the peak, many visitors choose hiking up Barr Trail, driving via Pikes Peak Highway, or taking a ride from the Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway. There are also options to bike down from the summit with Challenge Unlimited. When I traveled up to Pike’s Peak, I went with the railway, where I saw stunning views and an assortment of wildlife, such as mountain goats climbing up the side of the mountain!

Pikes Peak Colorado
View of Pikes Peak from Garden Of the Gods
Pikes Peak Colorado
View of Pikes Peak from Garden Of the Gods
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10 Replies to “15 Pictures From Garden Of the Gods That Will Make You Fall In Love

  1. Was in Colorado for the week and decided to pay this place a visit. I was impressed to see people actually climbing some of the rock formations and the trails around the garden did not disappoint! You can bring your dog, kids or even grandparents and all are sure to have a good time.

  2. This place has amazing views, tons of places to park and take photos, many trails to hike and bike. No fee to enter and it’s amazing!!!

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