Garden of the Gods City Park

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Garden of the Gods

This place is amazing!!!  The red sandstone rock formations and blue sky is so beautiful. The contrast of colors and textures...wow!!

Here is a little info about the park. It opened in 1909 and cover 1350 acres. Many of the formations are over 300 million years old. You can hike, picnic, and go horseback riding in the park.

As soon as I arrived in the park I noticed cars pulled over to the side of the road. I started looking around to see why everyone stopped.  It was a group of Big Horn Sheep up on the rocks. It was really cool to watch them hop and jump all over the rocks and never lose there footing.

Saturday morning on my way to Manitou Springs for my train ride to Pikes Peak, I did another drive through Garden of the Gods.

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It is so beautiful with the morning sun shinning on the red sandstone. And I got to see a deer feeding on some grass. He gave me one look and continued to feed.  So cool!!

The following was taken from park info, 

By the 1870's, the railroads had forged their way west. In 1871, General William Jackson Palmer founded Colorado Springs while extending the lines of his Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. In 1879, General Palmer repeatedly urged his friend, Charles Elliott Perkins, the head of the Burlington Railroad, to establish a home in the Garden of the Gods and to build his railroad from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Although the Burlington never reached Colorado Springs directly, Perkins did purchase two-hundred and forty acres in the Garden of the Gods for a summer home in 1879. He later added to the property but never built on it, preferring to leave his wonderland in its natural state for the enjoyment of the public.

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Perkins died in 1907 before he made arrangements for the land to become a public park, although it had been open to the public for years. In 1909, Perkins' children, knowing their father's feeling for the Garden of the Gods, conveyed his four-hundred eighty acres to the City of Colorado Springs. It would be known 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."

How we got our name...

It was August of 1859 when two surveyors started out from Denver City to begin a townsite, soon to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a "young and poetic man", exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods." It has been so called ever since.

I took a few pictures of the balancing rock. How it can stand and not fall is amazing.

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