Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Garden of the Gods: Scenic Beauty Near Cascade, CO

When you come to Colorado, the beauty is obvious:  the endless sky broken only by the gorgeous Rocky Mountains painted in browns and gray of the rock, and the green of the foliage.  However amongst this blaring visual wonder are more hidden beauties, just as breathtaking, but a little more difficult to find.

Just 11 miles away from our Cascade Escapes inn, on the outskirts of Colorado Springs, lies one of these hidden wonders.  Garden of the Gods Park sits at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, and is a stunning example of geological wonder.  Spires, wedges, and precariously balanced formations, all made of stunning orange/red Lyons Sandstone, thrust up to 300 feet into the air and seem to defy gravity. 

Photo by Greg Matulionis

Photo by Greg Matulionis
At the Visitor and Nature Center, located at the park entrance, you can find information on the geological formation of the area, discover what wildlife you might find when you visit, and you can even grab a bite to eat in the cafe and purchase gifts in the gift shop.  The Center also features a terrace overlooking the Park.

A wide variety of activities are available at the park including over 15 miles of trails, including a 1.5 mile wheelchair-accessible path that passes by some of the most stunning features in the park.

Why not take a day out of your vacation here in Cascade, CO to discover the rugged beauty of Garden of the Gods Park?  Park hours are from 5am - 11pm between May 1 and October 31, and 5am - 9pm during winter months.

Please note that the arid nature of the area is an idea habitat for rattlesnakes - keep an eye out during your visit!

2 comments:

chansara said...

I’ve been searching for some decent stuff on the subject and haven't had any luck up until this point, You just got a new biggest fan!.. landscape designer

Sandy Mattingly said...

Tourists love to come to Garden of the Gods

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