These impressive sandstone rock formations create a perfect background for a western movie. The iconic scenery makes the Garden of the Gods park located in Colorado Springs one of the most popular attractions in the state of Colorado with over 2 million visitors per year.
The Garden of the Gods' red rocks were created as a result of a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago. Erosion and glaciation of the rock created its unusual formation. The rocks contain evidence of the past: ancient seas, mountain ranges, sandy beaches and dunes. Many Native American tribes have lived in this valley, including Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Pawnee, Shoshone, and Ute people. The Utes believed that red rocks had a spiritual meaning.
Balanced Rock is one of the most iconic formations at the Garden of the Gods. This giant 700-ton sandstone is struggling to keep its balance after millions of years of erosion have removed softer layers at its base. Balanced Rock located in the heart of the Garden of the Gods is a fragile landmark since it is destined to fall sooner or later.
Now the Garden of the Gods Park is a great spot for hiking, climbing, biking and horseback riding. Most of these activities can be done in the summer when the weather is sunny and dry. Although the park is open all year round with spectacular winter hiking among snow-capped red rocks. It may close due to a snowstorm so always check their website before planning a winter trip.