Garden of the Gods

(Manitou Springs CO)
Garden of the Gods was donated to the public with the stipulation that it would always be free to visit. As a lover of rock formations I am grateful. Massive rocks in marvelous shapes and colors are some of my favorite things. As if you didn’t know.

Garden of the Gods Formation

Garden of the Gods

While admission and parking was free, there were guided tours and other services that could be purchased. And of course, they have a very good museum with videos and a gift shop. There were also picnic areas, rock climbing, and a trading post.

Garden of the Gods

Pointed Rock Formations

Garden of the Gods

Four Pillars

Such a popular place gets crowded quickly, so going early should increase finding a parking spot. Some paths were paved, while others were not; and there were many side trails to explore. Bike and driving routes were also available if you don’t want to walk.

Garden of the Gods

Looks like Praying Hands

Garden of the Gods

More Rocks

Each rock formation had been given a name, and a map was provided. However, I took photos just of what I liked; so, couldn’t always identify them from the angle I chose. Hence, only the last two got correct labels.

Garden of the Gods

Balanced Rock

Garden of the Gods

White Rock

The rock formations were impressive, and the setting was well organized. But, it was a bit too crowded and touristy for my taste. Still, it was worth a visit to see so many beautiful rocks in one place.

Camp: Holbrook Lake SWA boondock
Scene: Rock formations


6 Responses to Garden of the Gods

  1. Bayfield Bunch August 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Back in the early 50’s, as a kid, I had a View-Master stereoscope with half a dozen small flat 3-D discs. One of them was my favorite entitled ‘Garden of the Gods’, and I would sit transfixed peering into that View-Master over and over again looking at those beautiful rock formations there in Colorado. It was these 3-D photos that I believe imbedded in my mind at that time and eventually led me west in search of that kind of beautiful scenery. Have been to many places in the Southwest; but, have not made it to the Garden of the Gods yet!

    • Pleinguy August 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

      Interesting story Al. If you get the chance, you really should go.

  2. Martha August 11, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

    I think I’ve been to Garden of the Gods sometime during my adult years, but can’t remember much about it. I enjoyed your photos.

    • Pleinguy August 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

      Thank you Martha. The rocks have remained the same; but, I imagine the park has changed considerably over the years.

  3. Dorothy August 14, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    Garden of the Gods is on top of my “favorite places” to visit and paint. I never tire of going there, or reading about others experiences while visiting the location. I once camped by myself there for two weeks. I’d go to paint or walk at sunrise – a most spiritual, quiet, and gorgeous time. Haven’t been in four years; so, thanks for recharging me!

    • Pleinguy August 14, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed the post Dorothy. Neat that you were able to do some painting there.

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