Geology is cool. I wish I had thought that when I was taking my core geology classes for my undergrad, and maybe I would have if instead of scratching pennies on tiny little hunks of granite, I had taken a visit here.
If you go to Colorado, and don’t expect to see mountains, then clearly you’ve never seen Cliffhanger ( if that’s the case, we’ve got bigger problems…) what you don’t generally expect to see are red rock spires, that would appear more at home in Zion or Canyonlands National Parks, then sitting adjacent to Colorado Springs, home to Ft. Carson, one of the largest Army bases in the country.
Thanks to the amazing powers of geological upheaval these Sandstone Conglomerate towers, offer recreation for the masses. Popular for trail running, hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding; wander the Garden on a busy summer day, and you may think you’ve landed in an outdoor Disney Land. Its not terribly far fetched to believe that this spot, was once deemed by an early surveyor as the perfect location for a beer garden. But thanks to the generosity of the Perkin’s family who purchased the land, and then later donated it to the city of Colorado Springs, this National Natural Landmark can be viewed and enjoyed by all, fee free.
Ready to play? Check out the park’s hours, maps and more at: http://www.GardenOfGods.com/home/index.cfm