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Garden of the Gods

Striking sandstone spires is a singular city park.

A Colorado Springs city park almost four times the size of New York’s Central Park.  The most striking feature of this park are the sandstone spires.  These dramatic features are carved out of the Dakota formation are over 300 million years in the making. The park contains striking sedimentary spires, ridges, fins and hogbacks.
The park host geology, nature presentations, hiking, cycling,  and rock climbing. Garden of the gods makes a unique backdrop for wedding ceremonies.

The land was given to the city in 1909 by the children of Charles Perkins, who had wanted to ensure that the park and its' formations would be open to the public forever. The name of the park dates back to August 1859 when two surveyors helping to set up nearby Colorado City were exploring the nearby areas. Upon discovering the site, one of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden." His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods." The beer garden never materialized, but the name stuck.

You might also be interested in Red Rocks Park, Maroon Bells and US Olympic Training Complex

Locations of interest near by: The Broadmoor, US Olympic Complex and US Air Force Acedemy

Additional resources from: City of Colorado Springs, Wikipedia, Park page

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs


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