Garden of the Gods- Part 1
Garden of the Gods RV Resort - Colorado Springs, Colorado.

After we left St. Louis we drove through Missouri and Kansas and into Colorado. While in Kansas, the temperature went up to 99 degrees. But as we climbed in elevation in Colorado, the temperature dropped. In Kansas we used the air conditioner at night and in Colorado we used the furnace at night.

The elevation at Garden of the Gods RV resort is 6,125 feet. The sealed potato chip bags were puffed up and ready to burst.

This is my fourth time visiting Garden of the Gods. It is very impressive and I seem to find something different to see each time I visit. For some reason I do not climb as high and often as I used to. We are here for four nights, which gives us 3 full days to explore GOG, drive up Pikes Peak, and do the laundry.

It is interesting how it got it's name.
In August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City explored the site. One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden". His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods."

In the 1800's, the land which holds the majority of rock formations was owned by Mr. Perkins. Before he died he told his children that he wanted to donate the land to the state - with the stipulation that it would always be free to the public and that it would never have any commercial buildings. The state had to buy land adjacent to his property to set up a visitors center, which contains a gift shop and restaurant among other services.


This plaque is mounted on a rock formation near the main trail entrance.

Balance Rock - The first view at the the southern entrance road to Garden of the Gods.

Terry climbed up to take a closer look.

What keeps it from falling in a big wind?

The main path is paved and flat.

This is a nice and easy walk. The rock formations are interesting.

You want to leave this easy path and climb into the rocks?

Why?

So we can sit and rest.

Why did we have to climb up here? Oh, for the great view of the valley below.

Is there an easier way to get back down?

Jump!

I can't move this rock!

Are you sure this is the trail?

This is fun?

At last we are down and back on the main path.

She is smiling.

Kissing camels on top of a large rock formation.

Kissing Camels

Picture taken from the road on the far end of Garden of the Gods.
The middle rock formation is what we climbed through. The far formation is what we climbed halfway up.


Zoomed in on the last picture.

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