Most people who visit Colorado Springs visit Garden of the Gods. Surprisingly, this is a public city park and is free to all who visit. GOTG is also a National Natural Landmark.
We first headed for the visitor’s center. The center has several exhibits which we quickly walked through, a gift shop and a balcony overlooking the park. A highlight is the dinosaur picture painted on the floor/wall with a 3D perspective – although it is painted on flat surfaces. My brother pulled out his famous red chair and we got our pictures on top of the picture.
Something I didn’t know, but maybe should’ve known is that Katherine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful after visiting the area – Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. (You can read about it all outside the ladies restroom.)
Last time I was at Garden of the Gods was on a hot day in 2006.
This time we went early in the morning (right when the center opened) when the weather was still fairly cool. We were early enough to get a parking lot outside the center – but already the place was filling up and getting crowded.