Saturday, November 19, 2016

Garden of the Gods, CO

It is unseasonably warm here in Colorado Springs. Instead of snow, we had a record high in both October and November! Since we "missed" summer in Colorado we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and head out to Garden of the Gods.

The area was first called Red Rock Corral.Then, in August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City explored 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 Garden of the Gods' red rock formations were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago. Archaeological evidence shows that prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC. At about 250 BC, Native American people camped in the park; they are believed to have been attracted to wildlife and plant life in the area and used overhangs created by the rocks for shelter.

We wanted to do a quick hike, just to get a feel of the area. It took us a bit to find parking, but there is a parking lot at the end of the loop that is pretty empty.

Overall is was a quick hike and a perfect day to go exploring. I can't wait to check out the other parts. Best of all...It's free!

GPS: 1805 N. 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Hours:8a-5p Daily
Costs: Free
Pet Friendly/Not stroller Friendly