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Garden of the Gods: A Spectacular City Park in Colorado Springs, CO

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Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods

When traveling to the lovely city of Colorado Springs, ColoradoI, it is almost impossible to miss seeing the spectacular Garden of the Gods city park. This is a large city park (over 1,300 acres!) situated near the base of the towering Pikes Peak.

Pikes Peak is an impressive mountain with an elevation of 14,100 feet. One's eye is naturally drawn to that "purple mountain majesty" which inspired the song America The Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates.

This city park is stunningly beautiful. It consists of striking red sandstone formations that were seemingly thrust up from the earth in distinctive and unusual patterns in comparison to the topography of the surrounding area.

My mother and I got to spend 11 wonderful days sightseeing and exploring parts of Colorado in July of 1999. We started our vacation in Colorado Springs after flying there from Houston, and we first spotted the Garden of the Gods from the air. Naturally, we wanted to see and experience this site up close after that lofty first view. After leaving the airport with our rental car, we drove through this magnificent area and were later to return to see more of the park on a guided tour.

Origins of This City Park

  • Charles Elliott Perkins was an intelligent, hard-working soul—the eldest of five boys in his family—who graduated from high school at the age of 16. His first job was clerking in a fruit store.
  • His uncle, John Murray Forbes, was the president of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad. Due to that family relationship, he was offered a job as a clerk for that railroad.
  • Charles Elliott Perkins rapidly rose through the ranks, holding many different job titles.
  • By 1872, he was the vice president of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad and president of that railroad's Nebraska division.
  • In 1873, that railroad merged with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
  • By 1881, C.E. Perkins had become the president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. He remained president until his retirement in 1901.
  • During his working career, he was also a director of other railroads and was on the board of directors of the American Bell Telephone Company.
  • Charles Elliott Perkins had amassed great wealth over the course of years. He had originally purchased a portion of land in Colorado Springs consisting of what is now known as Garden of the Gods for the possible location of a summer home.
  • He came to appreciate the land for its natural beauty and decided to leave it in its natural state instead of building anything man-made upon it. He had already opened it up to the public for the enjoyment of this space and acquired even more of the adjacent land.
  • Mr. Perkins' children knew his intent, and after his death, they generously donated the land (consisting of 480 acres) to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909 with the stipulation that it would always remain open and free of charge to the public.
  • Additional surrounding lands were subsequently added, making Garden of the Gods the city park that is now enjoyed daily by countless residents of and tourists to this fine city.

What to Do and See in This Park

The Garden of the Gods city park offers so much. It is not only stunningly beautiful, but there is also lots of entertainment to be had depending upon one's willingness or ability to participate. It is a genuine playground of sorts!

  • One can simply stroll the paths winding through the various formations and sit and watch the shadows dance off of the rocks, trees, and vegetation native to that area.
  • Some of the trails in the park would be the perfect spot for meditation.
  • Watch for chirping birds of various species resting on branches in the trees or colorful butterflies tasting the nectar of flowering plants.
  • There is a wide diversity of plant life as well as animal life native to this area.
  • Fossils have been found here that indicate marine life in the past and even one type of dinosaur whose remains have been identified.
  • Whether walking on fairly level ground or mountain hiking, one's desires can be satisfied.
  • Biking and horseback riding is allowed on pathways throughout the park.
  • Just driving on the roads through the park gives one glimpses of areas of great beauty.
  • Rock climbers have fun in this park. My mother and I did see some professional rock climbing taking place in the Garden of the Gods in addition to the normal type of scrambling over rocks by children and adults. In order to scale those heights, one must have the proper equipment and permit plus climb with a buddy on established routes. One can also hire professional rock climbing guides to assist one in this type of effort if a novice climber.

The video below shows some of the fun had by adventurous rock climbing folks in this locale.

Visitor Center and Nature Center

My mother and I stopped at the visitors center and took some time to look at the displays of minerals and plant life. We learned about the local wildlife, geology, and more. One can watch a movie in this location and become better educated regarding the amazing history of this area. I would highly recommend doing this.

The Garden of the Gods Park is open daily from 5 AM to 9 PM with even longer hours in the summer; from May to October, one can enjoy this park from 5 AM to 11 PM.

Seen below is the Balanced Rock, which is a notable subject for the snapping of photos. I snapped that photo one day on our narrated bus tour of the park.

If you ever travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado be sure to make some time to visit this spectacular city park. You will be impressed by its beauty. Few cities have parks this stunning and distinctive in their midst which can be accessed in all sorts of ways and are also totally free of charge.

Location of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Winter with Snow Scenes in this Park

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

All is well here in Texas notwithstanding the extreme heat. Real temperatures are 98 with feel like temps of 100 to 108. For those without air conditioning, these temperatures can be dangerous...especially for the very young and old. Thanks for the visit and sending good thoughts your way as well.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 20, 2015:

Hi Peggy Pretty sure I visited this wonderful site before with you..but I wanted to stop and say I am thinking of you and wishing you and yours well. Hoping all is good in your little corner of Texas.

Know that Angels are winging their way to you from Florida this morning ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2015:

Greetings Chantelle,

The Garden of the Gods is certainly that! Awe inspiring and majestic. Glad you liked seeing this. :)

Chantelle Porter from Chicago on July 07, 2015:

What a majestic and awe inspiring place. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

I was indeed blessed to be able to see this fantastic scenery of the Garden of the Gods with my mother. It was wonderful to be able to share that kind of special time with her. Actually, every day no matter what we were doing was special. Thanks!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 30, 2015:

Wow. It takes a lot to leave me speechless :D but this scenery has done just that.How blessed you were to be there up close and personal with your precious Momma.

Great hub, Peggy.

Thank you for taking me along on this adventure.

Angels are once again winging their way to you. Hoping all is good with you today ps Voted up++++

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Sorry that you missed this great city park in Colorado Springs but am sure you saw many other things that we missed seeing. It is almost impossible to view everything! We are taking a break today from the heat and planning to stay indoors. Yes.......the rest will be there when we get to it! :)

C E Clark from North Texas on June 22, 2015:

This would be a great destination for a summer vacation, or at least one visit well worth including. I lived in Western Colorado for 2 years and never got to visit this magnificent park. I toured so many things in Colorado several times, and surrounding states too, but for some reason we didn't do much on the eastern slopes.

Temps have been in the mid to upper 90s up here with a THI of 7 or 8 degrees. The humidity is unbelievable and between 11 and 4 there is no shade anywhere. Hope you are managing to stay cool.

Glad you decided to wait on finishing up the yard work/trimming/pruning, etc. It's not like the elves really exist and they're going to finish it up for you while you sleep -- in other words it will still be there when you get to it and the world will continue to turn in the meantime. Glad you are being sensible about it. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 17, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

With almost 400 hubs, I can understand why you have missed reading some of them. If Vespawoolf is going to Colorado, I hope that she will have a chance to read more of the hubs I have written about that fabulous state as well as the ones you have written. It is so breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks for the votes and shares. :)

C E Clark from North Texas on June 16, 2014:

Had the opportunity to visit this place a couple of times and passed it up and have regretted it ever since. The photos are gorgeous and having lived in Colorado, I know the real place is sure to be breathtaking.

Vespawoolf is planning a trip to Colorado next month and I hope she and her family will be sure to stop at Garden of the Gods, and before that check out this article.

Gave you 5 more stars. Voted this up, BAUI, and pinned to my 'Travel' board -- can you believe I haven't seen this article before either? Sharing also with my followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 19, 2012:

Hi jessefutch,

If we lived in the area, it would be fun to see the Garden of the Gods at all times of the day and in different seasons. As you said, there would always be something different to see and enjoy. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 19, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

The Garden of the Gods is definitely worth a detour to get to see it again if anywhere in the area of Colorado Springs. So nice that you actually lived there for a while and got to enjoy it over and over again. Thanks for your comment.

jessefutch from North Carolina on September 18, 2012:

I have been to this park several times. It seems like you always see or notice something you didn't see the time before. The park is absolutely beautiful. Certainly one of the treasures of the American parks.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on September 18, 2012:

Garden of the Gods is one of my all time favorite places to visit. In fact, we were just there a couple years ago. I insisted we detour to drive through Colorado Springs because it had been awhile since we had actually been there. That is when we stopped at Gunther Toody's. But I have to say, we did spent a lot of time there when we lived in the Springs back in 2001 to 2003. Beautiful area with so much to do. Loved it there!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

Happy to be able to share these Garden of the Gods photos with you and others. It is quite a place and so nice that people can enjoy this beautiful spot free of charge. Appreciate your 5 star rating, comment and the share. Hope you get to see it in person someday!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2012:

Hi tjdavis,

The Garden of the Gods would be a GREAT place to do some horseback riding. I would love to see more of Colorado's back country. Thus far have only visited spots where regular cars can travel. Thanks for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 26, 2012:

The photographs are wonderful, Peggy! I've heard about the Garden of the Gods before, but I haven't seen photos like yours. The rock formations are fascinating. This is yet another place that you've described which I would like to visit. I gave this hub a 5 star rating and will share it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 26, 2012:

Hello unknown spy,

Yes, Garden of the Gods is certainly that! It is a beautiful place. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 26, 2012:

Hi Mary,

This city park called Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is fantastic! What a place to exercise, take photos or just plain sit back and enjoy. We should all have city parks like that! Glad that you enjoyed these photos. Thanks for your comment, vote + share.

Teresa Davis from Moscow, Texas on July 26, 2012:

Peggy I have been to Garden of the Gods many times..in fact just two years ago I was there with friends. My daughter has ridden horses through the park many times. Great hub and I voted it up in all areas. Colorado is a wonderful place to visit..so many amazing places to see..especially if you like the back country 4x4.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on July 26, 2012:

Oh wow! This is amazing! What a beautiful place!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 26, 2012:

I really enjoyed reading about the Garden of the Gods. It is such an unusual place. I didn't realize how high that one rock was until I saw the rock climber! Very interesting place; thanks for the trip today.

I voted this Hub UP, etc, and will share this beautiful Hub. Mary

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2012:

Hello montecristo,

Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed this Garden of the Gods hub. With the massive fires now raging in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas, so far this beautiful park has been spared according to news reports but hundreds of homes have been destroyed. Let us pray that the brave firefighters are able to protect people's lives and possessions and that these fires are soon ended.

Angel Caleb Santos from Hampton Roads, Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Interesting hub. I like some of the video. Well done!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2012:

Hi CassyLu1981,

Oh you lucky soul to have been able to live in Colorado Springs and experience places like the Garden of the Gods as a regular occurrence. Such beauty in the heart of a gorgeous city! Thanks for your comment and the share.

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on June 01, 2012:

We used to live in Colorado Springs and were able to go there all the time! I really miss it's beauty! Thanks for bringing me back to such a wonderful time in my life! Voted up and shared :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

That balanced rock has probably been that way for centuries in the Garden of the Gods park. It will probably remain perched like that during yours and my lifetime unless there was an earthquake to dislodge it. Appreciate your comment, votes and especially the sharing of this article. Thanks!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 01, 2012:

What a spectacular place, enhanced again by your excellent photos. I know there's probably no way I could nudge the Balanced Rock but I'd still be afraid to get on it for fear of tipping it over. Voting this Up and Beautiful. SHARED.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 06, 2012:

Hi Ivona,

Glad that you can do some previewing of what there is to do and see in Colorado Springs prior to your visit there. Appreciate the compliment on this hub and your comment. It is a great place for a vacation as is much of the entire state from what we have seen.

Ivona Poyntz from UK on May 06, 2012:

I loved exploring Colorado springs vicariously through your photos: one day I hope to visit. Great pics!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2012:

Hi Adventure Colorad,

That is a nice feature regarding no entrance fee for people who wish to enjoy the Garden of the Gods city park in Colorado Springs like you have with your hiking. Certainly a beautiful place! Thanks for your comment.

Adventure Colorad from Denver,CO on March 23, 2012:

I've hiked through the park a few times over the years. I love that there is no fee to enter the park, making it open to everyone!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2012:

Hello pooilum,

If you mean by crazy line that some of the rock formations in Garden of the Gods park are jagged and or unusual, you are correct. Rock climbers have fun there as well as photographers, hikers and bikers. It is a great city park for those who live or visit Colorado Springs, Colorado. Thanks for your comment.

pooilum from Malaysia on January 29, 2012:

The pictures shows that it looks like one heck of a crazy line. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2011:

Hello natures47friend,

The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is beautiful and so easy for people to enjoy in a number of manners. Thanks for your comment.

natures47friend from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 02, 2011:

Wow...great rock formations and photos. If I ever travel to the US I'd love to see this Garden. I have not heard of it before. Thanks for describing the Garden so beautifully.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2010:

Hello louisxfourie,

Perhaps someday you can visit the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs in person. It is truly a wonderful area. Thanks for the visit.

Louis Fourie from Johannesburg, South Africa on October 22, 2010:

I love Colorado Springs, stunning place I want to go to... thanks for showing us this stunning place.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 12, 2010:

Hi again Dolores,

If that postcard was not mailed then undoubtedly someone picked it up while on vacation especially if it has been in your house for a while. Must be nice to make discoveries like that. Doesn't it make you curious as to how that postcard from Garden of the Gods got there? Sounds like your house would be a treasure trove of goodies to explore. Ha!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 12, 2010:

Peggy - who knows where the postcard came from? My house is full of all kinds of odd stuff that I have no idea where it came from. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 12, 2010:

Hi Micky,

You would love riding your bike through Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs! Lots of bike paths in much of Colorado for that matter. Thought of you when I was writing this! :-)

Micky Dee on August 12, 2010:

It's a beautiful playground! Thank you Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2010:

Hello katie54321,

So glad that these pictures of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs brought back such happy memories for you! Thanks for the comment. You certainly had a great place to "hang out." Prettier than most!

katie54321 from Pennsylvania on August 09, 2010:

You brought back some nice memories for me. In 1994 I was an intern at the USOC in Colorado Springs and we would go to Garden of the Gods all the time just to hang out, hike, walk, or whatever. Beautiful pictures. You made me smile - thank you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 07, 2010:

Hi Dolores,

Now you know a bit more about Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Did someone from your family visit there and pick up a postcard? I have many old ones from the days when my grandparents used to travel. It is fun looking at the old motel units, etc. from the past. Of course Garden of the Gods would not have changed since it is a geological feature. Thanks for the comment.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 07, 2010:

Peggy - I have an old postcard from the Garden of the Gods, but never know anything about it. What a beautiful place! I loved the pictures!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2010:

Thanks Candie. Give me notice if you decide to come this way. I would cross summer off of the list for visiting Houston. Let's see...this past week the temps have been hovering around 100 degrees give or take a degree or two with "feel like" temperatures much higher. The AC units are humming!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on August 06, 2010:

Oh! I am soooo with you on that one! They're great to see diving, but for eats? Not on my plate! If you ever come up here you have a place to stay!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2010:

Hi Candie,

You just made me laugh! If you get that excited about good muffins...you would rock at being a tour guide!!! You SHOULD have good coffee coming from your neck of the woods! Speaking of necks...no goeduck for me please on that tour if it includes restaurants. Haha!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on August 06, 2010:

You may bring your own muffins! I'll make the coffee (I rock at coffee!) Then I'll take you on a tour of my area! Oh! So excited!! (mostly for good muffins)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 04, 2010:

Hi Prasetio,

This Garden of the Gods city park in Colorado Springs is indeed beautiful and in quite a setting with the towering Pikes Peak Mountain overlooking the entire city. Glad you liked this!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 04, 2010:

I liked this hub very much, Peggy. You always come up with beautiful place. You know my tastes. And this was really spectacular city park, like you said above. Good work, my friend. I never hesitate to rate this Up.

Prasetio

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2010:

Hi nifty@50,

Your kin folks are certainly surrounded by great beauty living in Colorado Springs! Since you have been to Garden of the Gods and other places around there...you also know just how beautiful it is. Are jobs more scarce there than other places?

nifty@50 on August 03, 2010:

Have kin folk out there, beautiful place to live, but jobs are scarce. Been to Garden of the God's and Cave of the Winds! Great hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2010:

Hello sameerk,

Thanks for your comment on this Garden of the Gods hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2010:

Hello Charlinex,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub regarding Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Thanks for the comment.

sameerk from India on August 03, 2010:

Lovely , keep going

Charlinex on August 03, 2010:

This is so wonderful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2010:

Hi Pamela99,

We also visited other areas in Colorado...more hubs to come! Colorado Springs was an area that my husband and I got to visit...and then, my mother and I on another trip. It is truly a beautiful part of the State and the Garden of the Gods sets it apart as far as unique and interesting scenery. So very nice that the Perkins family donated it so that the public could use it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 02, 2010:

Peggy, I have been through Denver driving across Colorado but that was long ago and Colorado Springs looks fantastic. I would love to visit there. Your pictures were wonderful. Thanks for a wonderful hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2010:

Greetings Hello, hello,

I would have to agree with you that the Garden of the Gods is "awesome" and "beautiful." Thanks for the visit.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on August 02, 2010:

Thank you for showing me this awesome place. Glosh is so beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2010:

Hi Candie,

Obviously you were busy doing other things while in Colorado Springs. Since our focus was vacation and sightseeing, Garden of the Gods made our list among other sites.

Remind me to bring my own muffins if ever we visit one another. Hahaha!

As to the walking shoes...yes...always had some good ones for these trips. Always took ones that were comfortable and well broken in so as to avoid blisters.

Thanks for the visit and comment.

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on August 01, 2010:

I've been to Colorado Springs, but how I missed this is beyond me! The picture of the Balanced Rock reminded me of some muffins I made recently.. about the same level of firmness, too! Hahaha! Thank you for another fantastic hub Peggy! You must go thru a lot of tennis shoes with all the walking/climbing you do!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2010:

Hi Martha Castillo,

Hope you get to see Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and more in Colorado Springs. It truly is a magical place. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

Martha Castillo from San Diego CA on August 01, 2010:

Thank you for introducing me to this magical place. Maybe I will visit some day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2010:

Hello Om Paramapoonya,

Good to know that you are enjoying hubs like this one about Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. My mother and I got to take some wonderful trips together (often with my young niece) for about 8 years in a row. Just capturing some of those memories in these hubs.

Om Paramapoonya on August 01, 2010:

Another awesome travel hub! You have been to so many wonderful places. I envy you ;)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2010:

Hi suziecat7,

The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is awaiting your fine visit. :-)

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on August 01, 2010:

You make me want to pack up and go right now.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2010:

Hi Billy,

Colorado Springs is a beautiful area with Garden of the Gods being one reason. Skiing sounds and looks like so much fun. Something I have never done. Thanks for the help with Twitter. Did what you said and I now have it posted except for the button. Baby steps! Haha!

billyaustindillon on August 01, 2010:

Beautiful photos of Garden of the Gods - I have only done the ski field thing in Colorado I need to expand obviously! I replied to your twitter queries for you also Peggy. Hope they make sense.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hi Mike,

Your mother's black and white photos of the balanced rock in the Garden of the Gods must be like my parents black and white photos of the Black Hills. Sort of puts a date on the vacation, doesn't it. Haha! Now...unless your mother was studying under Ansel Adams influence.....?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hello William F. Torpey,

Afraid we did not have the time to visit the zoo in Colorado Springs but thanks for the "heads up" should we ever return. Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub and that it brought back happy memories for you of your time spent there at Fort Carson in 1957. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hi MichaelAdams1959,

We saw people arriving by cog rail at the top of Pikes Peak. Must have been some fantastic views overlooking Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, and other sites as you ascended. But backpacking up that mountain! Wow! You have surely had some interesting adventures! Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

Too bad your vehicle did not get you to the top of Pikes Peak. At least you saw some of the views on the way up. Next time (if you return to Colorado Springs) take a tour as we did and leave the driving to others. Ha!

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on July 31, 2010:

Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods is a beautiful spot. I haven't been there since I was a kid on vacation with my parents, but I recall a little bit of my time there. Somewhere in my mother's photo albums is a black and white photo of the Balanced Rock. I am a huge fan of Colorado and love to spend time there when I can. Thanks for the wonderful photos.

Mike

William F Torpey from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on July 31, 2010:

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Peggy W. I enjoyed viewing the Garden of the Gods frequently -- along with Pikes Peak and the Royal Gorge (which you wrote about so well in another hub) when I was stationed in Fort Carson in 1957. It's a great vacation place (and don't miss the zoo if you go.)

Isaiah Michael from Wherever God leads us. on July 31, 2010:

I made it up there took the cog rail once from Manitou Springs and back packed it once Awesome times.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on July 31, 2010:

we never did. That vehicle just did not have the power.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

Garden of the Gods is down below Pikes Peak. That drive up Pikes Peak is something else! We took a tour so did not have to do the driving ourselves. Did you make it to the top of Pikes Peak?

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on July 31, 2010:

Your pictures probably show me what I missed while trying to get our old VW van up the hill.I'm not quite orientated.I remember we pulled over into a campground about two thirds the way up Pikes peak, it was coming on evening and the hills are always an overwhelming sight.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hello MichaelAdams1959,

Sounds like you truly enjoyed that summer at your aunt and uncle's place across from Garden of the Gods. What a delight to be able to ride Sage in that park! Thanks for your interesting comment!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hello again msorensson,

I guess time will tell. Thanks. Glad you liked my photos of Garden of the Gods. Those pre-dated my owning a digital camera.

Isaiah Michael from Wherever God leads us. on July 31, 2010:

AWESOME, what memories tis brings to me. I spent 1974 summer at he Clover Valley Motel directly across from the main entrance to The GArdens of the Gods. I worked there cleaning stables in exchange for unlimited use of a great horse named Sage. My aunt and uncle owned the motel I stayed with them and had a remarkable unforgetable summer. Thank you so much for this hub!

msorensson on July 31, 2010:

Oh your pictures are so awesome!! I hope lots of people read the hub!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2010:

Hello msorensson,

I would agree with you! Colorado Springs is absolutely beautiful and would be a wonderful place to live. At least we got to visit and see sites like Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and more. Thanks for the first comment.

msorensson on July 31, 2010:

Yes, I love Colorado Springs,period. Thank you for reminding. Oh, I would have loved to stay there in the park but we were on our way somewhere. Hmnn..so long ago, Peggy. At least it was the happy times your hub brought back to memory. Thanks.