Yesterday, we got an early start, as we were wakened at 7 AM by the military police to remind us we had to leave the campground at 9AM due to the graduation ceremony in the stadium across the street. Since it was a nice day, we headed to the Garden of the Gods Park. This park is listed in several of those books listing the places to be visited before you die. It is, in fact, a City Park of Colorado Springs and is free to all. It is a great place to walk, hike or just relax and enjoy the beautiful rock formations that have been formed over millions of years. The park has an interesting geological and historical history, but for most who visit –it is really about the enjoyment of the present.
We first took a guided 45 minute walk with a volunteer to learn some of the history of the park, the rock formations and about the plants and wildlife to be found here. Then we just wandered around on foot and also drove the scenic road.
We observed some of the famous images in the rocks such as the kissing camels, white buffalo, and the balancing rock. It is a great place to relax, exercise and just enjoy the surroundings. Oh yes- and you can then check it off the list of places to see before you die.