Sunday, July 24, 2016

Garden of the Gods

Events in this post took place in April 2007.

Garden of the Gods is one of the tourist attractions in Colorado Springs. It has rock structures similar, but smaller in scale, to what we saw in Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border. It is probably not surprising, because Monument Valley is on the Colorado Plateau. Garden of the Gods was originally named Red Rock Corral, which was also a good name and a good descriptor. The rocks were red in color similar to what we saw in Moab, UT and the Arches National Park, just north of Moab.

They have a Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center to get information about the rock formations, geology and plant life in the area. We spent a couple of hours in the visitor center one afternoon and got to watch a video about how the area mountains and rock formations were created – well worth the viewing time.

Visitors to the park can access hiking trails or bike trails and can even rent a horse to ride horseback on the mountain trails. For more strenuous sportsters there is even a rock climbing in some areas.

We were fortunate to be staying within five miles of the Garden of the Gods when we were at the Pike’s Peak RV Park in Manitou Springs. We drove through the park several times while we were staying there and certainly it was one of the spots we shared with our son, AJ while he was in town visiting. The weather was great and we enjoyed being together seeing new territory and new sights.

AJ and I near the road through Garden of the Gods. Sorry about the glare.

Beautiful red rocks and an idiot in blue blocking the view.

Another view of the road through the park

View across the parking lot from the Visitor Center

I cannot help it. I like this rock.

This is the picture I used for the cover picture on my book, Road to Montana.


  1. This was great. I loved Monument Valley and I loved this too. Can't help but think of all the westerns and especially John Ford movies

  2. Monument Valley was fun and Garden of the Gods were both fun to see. Nature has a lot to show us.