Travel Photo Thursday: In “The Garden of the Gods”

October 10, 2013

in Destination Updates, Travel Photo Thursday

  • SumoMe

Think Colorado.

Think snow-capped mountain peaks over 14,000’ high.

But think rocks, too.

Red rocks.

You’ll find them not in a national or state park, but in the Garden of The Gods, a Colorado Springs city park.

The paved “Gateway Trail” leads you on an easy stroll through many of the park’s fantastic rock formations.

Not all of the rocks in this part of the park are brilliant red. Some are a muted gray-white.

If you’re not content to merely gaze upward, mouth agape, at these cathedral like spires, get a rock climbing permit from the park, meet up with a climbing companion, and soar far above the tourists milling about on the ground below you.

If cliff-scaling isn’t your forte, but you brought hiking boots along, scramble up the dusty unpaved trail across slickrock and make your way to the Siamese Twins, one of the park’s prime attractions.

If you only have time for a drive-through of the Garden of The Gods, be sure to jump out of your car long enough to photograph what is undoubtedly the park’s most famous feature: Balanced Rock.

(Garden of The Gods is located about 5 miles and a 15 minute drive from downtown Colorado, Springs, Colorado. If you’re staying in Denver, you can reach the park by car in about an hour and 15 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Be sure to stop at the Visitor & Nature Center first to view exhibits and get suggestions on where to walk and shoot photographs. Late afternoon, when these photos were taken, is an ideal time to come to the park. The “trading post” provides an opportunity to buy either fine or schlocky souvenirs, get a bite to eat, and use restrooms.)

(Click on an image to enlarge to full-size. Visit Budget Travelers Sandbox for more of this week’s Travel Photo Thursday shots.)

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