The great state of Colorado is home to so many beautiful wildlife parks and hiking trails. However, the Garden of the Gods is a location that stands out, and there’s no question why. The contrast of the cobalt sky against the sand-colored rock formations and the lush green blades of grass is something a photo, nor words could truly express.
Don't just take my word for it though, see for yourself.
The visitor’s center is quite large, hosting a gift shop, coffee bar, a small museum, and a 30-minute movie showing about the park. Upstairs is a wide patio facing out toward the mountains where families can enjoy the view and take photos.
Down below, you have the option of walking, renting a bike, or taking a shuttle through the park. If you’re planning to walk during the summertime, make sure to get there early! By noon, the sun is high in the sky and temperatures are starting to heat up.
Walking toward the giant concrete entrance, I felt like I was in a scene from Jurassic Park. It opened up to a long dirt trail that led to a sidewalk, then into a small opening of cliffs. There, people were taking rock-climbing lessons and snapping pics for their Instagram pages.
Onward and upward, we headed toward the Central Trail, one of six that exist within the park. From the top was a sight most spectacular; a view of the mountains, and rock formations below. Each time we moved a little further up, there was an entirely new angle to appreciate the scenic beauty.
After about a mile the elevation declined, pushing us back down into an open valley. From the grassy field below, the giant red rocks made me feel like a little ant. Something about being out in nature just reminds you that you’re a very small piece in this very big world.
Looking up, I could see more rock climbers working their way along the grooves and openings of the formations. One, actually reaching the top.
Eventually, we found ourselves heading back to the trail that initially brought us up the mountain.
The heat had worn me out by the time we made it back to the visitor’s center. Still, it was a fun, adventurous 2.5-hour hike.
I’ll be returning…just, in the winter.
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