Garden of The Gods – Rock Garden Beyond Compare!
If you are in Colorado I highly suggest a trip to Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs. It is about an hours drive south from Denver. While almost all of Colorado is scenic Garden of The Gods is unique. The park offers free admission- a pleasant surprise. I was there this Saturday and stopped off first at the museum and fabulous gift shop. Bring your wallet.Helpful friendly staff, educational displays, a movie with an admission cost a restaurant and a stunning view were all part of the visitors centre.
We drove through the red rock formations and fought for a place to take photos – the driveway is very narrow. The park was crowded and people had dogs and despite the sign that said “No Scrambling” – lots of people were. That makes it hard to get photos of the rocks without a lot of strangers in them. I had wished a ranger could have managed the disobedient tourists. Rocky Mountain National Park does just that. There were lots of trails and many people were enjoying them. I am a wildlife photographer and I was thrilled to see several herds of rutting mule deer in the Garden of The Gods-
We saw several herds of deer throughout the park and I really enjoyed being so close.It was freezing but I took advantage of having 8 deer feeding right outside the gift shop. There are two gift shops and both are worth a stop at. I admit I caved and bought some fudge and turquoise earrings. We drove through the park three times- it was stunning and each angle brought some new rock feature to light. I plan to go back- I suggest you try and visit when it is not so busy and I agree the park should ban pets – the wildlife will be better for it.