A Walk Through the Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

15 miles of hiking trails wind through gloriously upended sandstone formations in Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods. Free to the public by decree of railroad magnate Charles Eliot Perkins, whose family donated the land to the city in 1909, the property was named as one of the nation’s top ten public places in 2011. With sites like these, it is easy to see why.

Balanced Rock is one of the Garden’s most recognizable features.

The Siamese Twins stand sentinel before sweeping mountain vistas

. . . and frame Pikes Peak at their base.

Garden of the Gods

Aptly named White Rock contrasts starkly with the red stone more typical in the park.

Garden of the Gods - White Rock

From a distance, the rock formations do appear as if they’re growing in a Garden.

Garden of the Gods

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17 Comments on “A Walk Through the Garden of the Gods”

  1. Tribble Wife December 14, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    That last photograph really does look as though you’re looking down on some lost, ruined city – it’s incredible!

    Your blog always makes me smile; please keep posting!


    • Brian December 14, 2011 at 10:13 am #

      Thank you for your words of encouragement; they really do make a difference.


  2. nadinefeldman December 14, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Gorgeous! …and so aptly named. It really cheered me this morning to see this.


    • Brian December 14, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      And your comments cheered me – thank you!


  3. Bama December 14, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Great photographs of a great place!


    • Brian December 14, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      It really is a wonderful place. Thanks for the complement.


  4. customtripplanning December 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    We got married in Pueblo and spent our wedding night in a great b&b in Colorado Springs. The next day all the family that was heading out to the airport met up for a walk in Garden of the Gods….what an awesome place!!!


    • Brian December 15, 2011 at 8:41 am #

      What a great way to see family off after a wedding. So much better than the traditional restaurant brunch.


  5. London Caller December 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Absolutely amazing!


  6. earthriderjudyberman December 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Excellent photos. The Siamese Twins are especially cool.


    • Brian December 15, 2011 at 8:43 am #

      That was probably the neatest place in the park. It’s a little bit out of the way but the scenery is stunning. I have so many good photos from there that I was hard pressed to decide which to use.


  7. Kristina December 15, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    Wow so beautiful, that really is a garden of the Gods!


  8. Angelia Sims December 15, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Beautiful! Love the framing one.


  9. cravesadventure December 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    I love the Balanced Rock! I sometimes wonder how these rocks stay put and not fall. Loving the pics. Thanks for sharing!


  10. Carol Deminski December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Nature is always so full of art and you’ve captured this place beautifully. Rock formations are endlessly fascinating and whether you’re in Southern Utah, California, the Grand Canyon or elsewhere – there are inspiring places all across the West.

    Brian, when you have a moment please check out my Zion National Park page, after seeing these shots I think you’d particularly enjoy them. http://cdeminskiphotos.shutterfly.com




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