Whenever I need a break and I don’t have time to pack up and hike, I head to Garden of the Gods. You can read about the park from the visitor center page, but you’ll find a number of websites about this landmark with a quick search.
A tiny bit of history: the land was donated to Colorado Springs in 1909 by the children of Charles Elliott Perkins to fulfill his wish that the park be kept free and open to the public forever.
It’s one of the most photographed places in Colorado and for good reason — it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
With Pikes Peak in the background, it’s simply beautiful everywhere you turn.
There are hiking trails all around the park and those with permits and proper gear can do a little rock-climbing. The climbers are more prevalent in Summer months.
It’s an amazing place to see the bluest of all skies and the red rocks that are unique to this area. The best part? It’s only a couple miles from my house and it sports a bike lane so you can ride laps around the park and marvel at the beauty.
You should know that this is one of my favorite places on earth and you’ll likely see more photos of this park here in my blog. It’s the number one place to take visitors to my fair city and it’s a great date location.