If you like interesting rock formations, rock climbing, hiking, and photo ops, Garden of the Gods is the place for you to visit. Driving in, Seth and I were completely awed by the massive red walls jutting out of the earth. We tore down the paved walkway like eight year olds to catch the sunset setting over the park, people looking at us strangely as we had lots of camera equipment with us. The evening sun highlighted the redness of the rock as it slipped behind Pikes Peak, a 14,000 foot monster of a mountain to the west.
The weird part about going to Garden of the Gods is that Seth and I both visited this place when we were younger, and we thought it was cool. However, NOW, as adults, we had so much more of an appreciation for the park. (I think it’s like that a lot–you enjoy Christmas when you’re little because you get presents, but you enjoy it SO much more when you’re an adult because you appreciate it for the entire package: the food, the family, the memeories, etc.)
We saw several families all enjoying the amazing scenery; we also got the impression that it was a popular place for locals to walk their dogs. There is hiking, but the main trail is paved and very easy and peaceful to walk.
The name, Garden of the Gods, seems very appropriate; you get the sense that you are walking in a massive garden large enough for God to walk through. I imagined God carving out each formation, giving each one a personality and a character.
The best part (besides its beauty): it’s completely free!
Carrie found this in the bathroom. Do you really need that much toilet paper?