Garden of the Gods is easily the most dramatic attraction in Colorado Springs. Imposing red rock formations are set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, including Pikes Peak, one of Colorado's tallest mountains.
The park was originally privately owned by Charles Elliott Perkins, a successful nineteenth century businessman, who donated the park to the city upon his death on the condition that it would always be free to the public.
The park has many miles of paved and accessible hiking paths ensuring that visitors of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy the scenery. Advanced rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback tours are also available for more adventurous visitors.
The main visitor center has a restaurant overlooking the entire park, which provides dramatic photo opportunities. There is a secondary center, the Trading Post, located within the park, which sells local and specialty goods, such as hand-crafted Navajo products and Colorado souvenirs.