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The US state of Colorado is renowned for its wild, natural beauty and the Colorado Springs area (also known as Pikes Peak Country) is home to some of the state’s best natural wonders. Just outside Manitou Springs, the Garden of the Gods is a 1,350-acre city park featuring soaring red sandstone rock formations, many dating back more than 300 million years. In 1879, Charles Elliott Perkins purchased the land that included a portion of where the park sits today. Upon his death in 1909, his family gave the land to the city of Colorado Springs with the provision that the park always remain free to the public.
Today, the Garden of the Gods one of Colorado’s most spectacular free sights. The unique formations were sculpted through time by the forces of nature and have been given descriptive names like “Kissing Camels” and “Balanced Rock.” The park is an ideal spot for hiking, picnicking, horseback riding or just awe-inspiring photography.