Western Rises: Garden of the Gods


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.

GardenSignThanks 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.

Visible from the Garden 14,115 ft. Pike's Peak looms in the background
Visible from the Garden 14,115 ft. Pike’s Peak looms in the background

Ready to play? Check out the park’s hours, maps and more at: http://www.GardenOfGods.com/home/index.cfm

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I am an adventurer, photographer and traveler. My whole life I have always preferred to look and listen rather than to be seen and heard. In a world of strife and struggle it is easy to miss the beautiful elegant nature of life, and the interconnectedness of our world. I am inspired by the reflection of light and love in all things. I believe that through photography, I have the power to help others fall in love with their world. Through love, comes conservation, through conservation comes restoration. It is my greatest hope that through my images the viewer finds their own messages of strength, hope, resilience, and beauty. On display throughout the United States, my work is available for purchase through private dealers, on commission, and through my online gallery at : www. rebelphoto.net

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