Garden of the Gods
In 1859, Rufus Cable and M.S. Beach, two surveyors from Denver City were assigned to locate and layout a townsite for a boom town, soon to be called Colorado City. While searching for the town’s ideal location, they came across an awe inspiring area of sandstone formations. M.S. Beach, who related the incident, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden” when the country grew up. Rufus Cable, “a young and poetic man”, exclaimed a “Beer Garden! Why this is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods!” The Beer Garden never materialized but the name remains today.
This natural treasure was given to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909 by the children of railroad magnate Charles Elliot Perkins honoring his wish that the Park remain free for the public to enjoy. In 1979, Garden of the Gods became a Registered National Natural Landmark.
Garden of the Gods Parks offers something for everyone. Take pleasure in the spectacular red rock formations and the views of Pikes Peak as you hike along eight miles of trails, take a guided nature walk, go mountain biking or technical rock climbing (permits and appropriate climbing gear required) or just enjoy a picnic with someone special.
This park is also a paradise for photographers, professional and amateur alike. There are spectacular settings around every corner. Look for two of the most well known formations-the Kissing Camels and Balanced Rock.
The park is free and open to the public year-around. Park hours are 5am to 11pm May 1st through October 31st and 5am - 9pm November 1st through April 30th. Travel through one billion years in less than 15 minutes and learn how the amazing red rocks got there with the NEW Geo-Trekker Movie Experience at the Visitor and Nature Center.