(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.
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.
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.
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.
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