Garden of the Gods, Colorado, USA. A National Natural Landmark is also a popular park, which is a fine example of geological history. The iconic red rocks, so characteristic to the region, create unbelievable shapes and formations. Famous rocks like Siamese Twins, Window Rock or Balanced Rock are mesmerizing proofs that nature is the greatest architect.
Archeological evidence shows that people has settled here since 250 BC. The present name was given by a surveyor, who was stunned by the impressive rock formations. The place attracts over 2 million visitors each year, making it the most popular park in Colorado Springs. The site provides outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. Also it is loved by the photographers, since Garden of the Gods is truly picturesque and photogenic.
Why to go there?
Plenty of fun outdoor activities and amazing views, that introduce to a complex geological history of the region. The park is free of charge.
When to go there?
All year round. The climate is mild here, while only the opening hours vary twice a year: from May 1 to October 31 the park is open at 5am-11pm, from November 1 to April 30 – at 5am-9pm.
How to get there?
There is an easy access from Colorado Springs by car.
Lead photo by John Hoffman