Garden of the Gods

After the whirlwind tour of Kansas, we finally arrived in Colorado Springs late that night.  Sleeping in the next morning was not an option; there were places to see and things to do.  The first on our list was yet another National Natural Landmark:  The Garden of the Gods.

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Spanning more than 1,300 acres, this Colorado City park consists of winding pathways through some amazing red rock formations.

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Much of this land was originally owned by Charles Elliott Perkins.  Upon his death, his family gave the land to the city of Colorado Springs, with the stipulation that it become a free public park.  For more than 100 years, it has remained as such!

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There are many activities that draw visitors to the Garden of the Gods, among them are fifteen miles of hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding and rock climbing.

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Wildlife is abundant in the park.  Over 170 species of birds have been seen in the park. Mammals include mule deer, coyotes, squirrels, cottontails, black bears, bobcats, and elk. Among reptiles that may be seen are rattlesnakes, bull snakes, garter snakes, and fence lizards.  This little cottontail was out looking for a early morning snack!

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Exploring the Garden of the Gods was a great way to start the day!  Located five miles west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24, it’s a Colorado Springs attraction that should not be missed!

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