Guys, I think I might have a new favorite spot–although something tells me that narrowing down my favorites is going to get trickier the longer I call the Wild West my home...
On Monday a few of us Keystone Lodge and Spa kids ventured southeast out of Keystone for a day of exploring Garden of the Gods. And fit for the gods it is. Holy cow. What an incredible place. Donated to the city of Colorado Springs back in 1909 by Charles Elliott Perkins‘ children, the public park (free entry!!) is known for its spectacular rock formations that were deposited horizontally in their original form, but were tilted to a vertical position during the “uplift of the Pikes Peak massif”.
We spent the day exploring sheer rock faces, admiring rocks perched upon rocks, perched upon other rocks, absorbing the vibrant purples, blues, greens, reds, and browns that made up the landscape, and embracing the hot sun and 75° (spring!?) weather. Somehow during our meandering we managed to miss the infamous “Balanced Rock“; however, we took a wrong turn on the way out of the park and came across the rock just before we exited onto the highway. Cool looking, but they cemented it in place several years back due to tourists trying to push it over in an attempt to test their strength, so that took away a little bit of the ambience for me.
On the way home, we decided to the take the scenic route through Manitou Springs, around Pikes Peak, and up over Hoosier Pass. Just before we hit Fairplay we came across this incredible panorama; the perfect example of desert flatlands blending with high alpine terrain.
The diversity of the landscapes that you encounter throughout the great state of Colorado never ceases to amaze me. From high deserts, to lush evergreen forests, to frozen tundras, the beauty (and power!) of Mother Nature is epic. I truly hope that I never become desensitized to the incredible aesthetic of my surroundings.