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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs CO

By Jul 30th 2010 No Comments »

En route to our next stop, Estes Park, CO we stopped off at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Garden of the Gods is a beautiful city park run by Colorado Springs. The name of the park dates back to 1859 when two surveyors helping to set up nearby Colorado City were exploring the nearby areas. Upon discovering the site, one of the surveyors, Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, “Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.”

Fit for the Gods to assemble indeed. We were immediately taken back by the outstanding geologic features of the park. Vertical rock formations of shades of red sandstone laid out before us, their names to resemble their breathtaking and unique shapes such as, the Kissing Camels, Cathedral Spires, Steamboat Rock and one of the most famous rocks in the country:  Balanced Rock. This huge rock is balanced on a small base layer of mud. A bizarre sight to see. Many of these rock formations are over 300 million years old and have been sculpted throughout the years by erosion. The several paved trails running throughout the park allow space where you can meander around slowly and enjoy the beautiful natural formations before you. The park offers great views of Pike’s Peak, and trails for hiking with families but best of all, the park is Free!

Because of the unusual and steep rock formations, the park is an attractive spot for rock climbers. Something we both are hoping we get the opportunity to try in the days to follow.

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