Featured Writer: Melissa
I took a trip to Colorado Springs recently. One of my favorite, most peaceful, and picturesque places to visit is Garden of the Gods. We visited two years ago and the images have never left my mind. It is a striking place to see.
Go ahead. Put it on your bucket list if you haven’t been.
You can read all about the history of Garden of the Gods on their website, or if you’re too tired to read, watch the video.
For more than 3,000 years, people have been passing through what is now known as Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Charles Elliott Perkins, head of Burlington Railroad, was the lucky guy that come upon this land in the early 1900’s and purchase over 240 acres for a vacation home. He never did build his summer home. Instead, he allowed the public to enter into this beautiful and unique landscape as visitors to his Garden.
When Perkins died, he bestowed the park to the city of Colorado Springs in the hopes that many generations will be able to enjoy it. Well, we do, Mr. Perkins. Thank you very much. And it’s absolutely FREE, will always remain free and open to the public, as he intended. It’s really a remarkable story to read.
Almost as remarkable as seeing this in person.
There’s the big one, (Mason) holding up the rock from underneath.
They call this last one the Kissing Camels rock. If you look towards the top right, you can see the hole in which just above, it looks like camels kissing.
The red rock landscape is so remarkably stunning, it’s a must see if you’re in the Colorado Springs area. And remember. It’s FREE!
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I want to go. My daughter lives in Colorado Springs. I forwarded this to here so she can go, perhaps I will join her there. Thanks for sharing. I never knew this place existed.
I live in Colorado Springs and agree with your description of the Garden of the Gods. It is beautiful. Although Perkins gave the park to the public, William Jackson Palmer (founder of the Springs) put it on the map. There are several beautiful areas around this place as well if you want to get away from the crowds. Head up hwy 24 towards Woodland Park and hike the Waldo Canyon- a beautiful hike as well. If you are a bit more courageous go to Manitou Springs a few miles west of Garden of the Gods and do the Manitou Springs Incline, one of the toughest hikes I have ever done.