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Nature's Masterpiece Unveiled: Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado

When you think about red rock landscapes, which states come to mind? Arizona? Utah? Maybe even Nevada? I share your thoughts. However, we were completely taken by surprise when we discovered towering red rock formations right in the heart of Colorado. A visit to Colorado Springs would be incomplete without exploring the magnificent Garden of the Gods. Picture colossal, vertical slabs of red rock surrounded by a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains during winter. It sounds truly enchanting, doesn't it? Well, the name of this nature reserve is no exaggeration.


The Garden of the Gods is a sanctuary of awe-inspiring wonders. Visitors can easily stroll through and around these majestic rock structures, with several hiking trails to choose from. The trails vary between paved and unpaved, catering to different preferences. And here's the best part: all of the parks are open to the public for free! So, now you have every reason to visit this remarkable place. Allow me to guide you through some of the amazing spots in the Garden of the Gods.


The Garden of the Gods is undeniably a popular tourist destination, and it's not hard to see why. The breathtaking scenery and the convenience of experiencing the stunning rock formations without undertaking strenuous hikes make it an appealing choice. And the best part? It's completely free! However, it's important to note that the park can get crowded, so it's advisable to visit during the off-season for a more tranquil experience. Keep in mind that finding parking may be challenging during peak seasons.


If you have only one day to explore the park, here's a quick list of must-see spots along the main loop road. This road follows a counter-clockwise direction, allowing you to cover all the attractions without backtracking. Nevertheless, the memories of those towering red rock skyscrapers will remain etched in our minds forever. They serve as a reminder of the beauty and uniqueness of our planet, for which we are truly grateful. We sincerely hope you find the time to witness this magic for yourself!


Rock Formations To See

  • Garden of the Gods Rock Garden: This rock garden was actually created by erosion during flash flood events. The central “rock” is called Pulpit Rock and has a natural ledge that provides spectacular views for visitors to enjoy. There are also many other unique, smaller formations throughout this area of the park as well. You can take a short walk to this area from the Garden of the Gods Visitor’s Center.

  • Balanced Rock: A large rock that has been resting on a thin base for over 300 million years! What will it take to get this thing unstuck? Hint: an earthquake or some sort of natural disaster. I’m not sure if the Garden of the Gods has ever experienced such an event, but it sure looks like this rock is about to fall.

  • Frijoles Canyon: This canyon got its name from a man named Lucien Maxwell who took his cattle into this area and found that they eagerly munched on some frijoles (Spanish word for beans) that had been spilled by a wagon. You can do the same and take in some beautiful views of the Garden of the Gods from this canyon too!

  • Towering Red Rocks: These are what Garden Of The Gods is known for, after all. Take your time exploring each rock formation to see which one you find most enchanting or unique. We recommend taking a short hike up the Garden of the Gods Summit Trail for some spectacular views.

  • Tower of Babel: This Garden of the Gods landmark is a 40-foot tall rock formation that has been standing for as long as 250 million years!

  • North Gateway Rock / Kissing Camels: These two rock formations are a Garden of the Gods favorite because they have such an interesting shape. They are also located on the Garden of the Gods Summit Trail which provides a 360-degree panoramic view.

  • Garden of the Giants: This is where you will find some really, really tall red rock towers! These giants must be at least 500 feet high or more and offer incredible views from their summit. You can take in these breathtaking sights with just a short, steep hike up Garden of the Giants Trail.

  • Pulpit Rock: This Garden of the Gods landmark was actually created by erosion during flash flood events. The central "rock" is called Pulpit Rock and has a natural ledge that provides spectacular views for visitors to enjoy. There are also many other unique, smaller formations throughout this area of the park as well.

  • Cathedral Spires: Garden of the Gods has a variety of formations, but these spires are some of their most iconic. They offer incredible views for visitors and seem to stand up straight in defiance against time!

  • Three Graces: Garden of the Gods is full of interesting rock formations, but these three "Graces" are the Garden of the Gods' most famous. They stand in a row and seem to be reaching towards each other as if they want one another's company or just trying to reach the sky!

  • Keyhole Window: Garden of the Gods has many unique rock formations, but this is one that we find especially striking. It looks like a window into another world!

  • Sleeping Giant: Garden of the Gods has many giant rock formations but this one is probably our favorite. It looks like a huge, sleeping feline and it's so big that you can walk on top of its back!

  • Siamese Twins: Garden of the Gods is full of interesting rock formations, but these two are our favorite. They look like little girls who want to play and you can see them peeking from behind a big red pillar in the Garden of the Giants area.

  • Balanced Rock: Garden of the Giants is a great place to find this Garden of the Gods landmark. A large rock that has been resting on a thin base for over 300 million years! What will it take to get this thing unstuck? Hint: an earthquake or some sort of natural disaster. I’m not sure if Garden of the Gods has ever experienced such an event, but it sure looks like this rock is about to fall.

  • Steamboat Rock: Garden of the Gods has many rock formations, but this one is a Garden Of The Giants favorite. It's so large that it looks like a boat at rest and is as old as 250 million years!


The Garden of the Gods is an extraordinary park often hailed as "the most beautiful place on earth." Within its boundaries lie remarkable landmarks that captivate visitors. From the awe-inspiring Garden of the Giants to the breathtaking Garden of the Gods Summit Trail and the mesmerizing natural ledge of Pulpit Rock, there are countless wonders to discover. When you embark on your journey to this enchanting park, make sure to allocate ample time to explore these remarkable Garden of the Gods landmarks.


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