Garden of the Gods
1 Tower of Babel 9 Kindergarten Rock
North Gateway Rock / Kissing Camels
Toad and Toadstools
Native American Area
4 Sentinel Rock 12 Giant Footprints 19 Galloway Homestead
5 South Gateway Rock 13 Scotsman 20 Carriage House
6 Pulpit Rock 14 Siamese Twins 21 Rockledge House
7 Cathedral Spires 15 Balanced Rock 22 Orchard House
8 Three Graces 16 Steamboat Rock 23 Blacksmith Shop
Disabled Accessible Trail Trail
Disabled Parking Area
Garden 5 Center
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1 - TOWER OF BABEL 7 - CATHEDRAL SPIRES
Red Lyons sandstone tower of the A group of Fountain formation fins
north-facing end of North Gateway standing nearly vertical, situated
Rock. Dominating the landscape southwest of South Gateway rock.
from the uppermost section of the Can be seen up close from the
Palmer trail. The contact between Central Garden trails. Another
the Lyons formation and Fountain formation is clearly visible striking perspective of the Cathedral Spires is through a low
on the west side of the tower. Photograph taken during spot between South Gateway and Cathedral rocks, from the
summer with late afternoon light. Galloway Homestead, Chambers and Ute trails. Photograph is
taken from the south of the Spires around mid-day.
2 - NORTH GATEWAY ROCK 8 - THREE GRACES
Massive red Lyons sandstone wall A small plaza is located to the
with the Kissing Camels feature south and at the foot of the Three
prominently displayed on top of the Graces. The plaza hosts a variety of
formation. Faulting and uplift from ceremonial events. A set of three
nearby Pikes Peak massif has narrow Fountain formation fins, the
caused the formations in the Garden of the Gods to be tilted easternmost being the tallest. Best views are from the Central
up into a near vertical position. Best views are from the Garden and Upper Loop trails. Photograph taken from the
Central Garden and Gateway trails. Photograph is of the east Upper Loop trail looking north with mid-morning light during
face with Pikes Peak in the background with morning light. summer.
3 - SIGNATURE ROCK 9 - KINDERGARTEN ROCK
Inscriptions from early explorers Comprised of the younger Lyons
and visitors have been left on this sandstone, a massive wall of grey
smaller rock at the southeastern sandstone rock. It is one of the
end of North Gateway Rock. Some longest continuous expanses of
signatures have dates, others are exposed rock in Garden of the
just a record of passing. Please do not touch, the fragile Gods Park. Best views are from Susan G. Bretag, Ute,
sandstone is subject to erosion and further weathering. Chambers, Valley Resevoir, Ridge Loop and Upper Loop trails.
Located at the intersection of Gateway and the Central Garden Photograph taken from Susan G. Bretag trail with early
trails. morning light.
4 - SENTINEL ROCK 10 - SLEEPING GIANT
Composed of two rock formations; This feature is expressed in the red
red Lyons on the east face and the Lyons sandstone rising up out of a
lighter color Fountain on the west dense Juniper forest towards the
face. Also referred to as Red and southern end of the Central Garden
White Twin Spires within the area. Best veiws are from the
climbing community. It is a smaller feature that stands Upper Loop, Scotsman and Buckskin Charley trails. The
between the the Gateway rocks. Can be viewed from the outline of the figure is more apparent around mid-afternoon
Central Garden and Gateway trails. Photograph taken of the during summer months. Photograph was taken from the
northeast face with morning light. Scotsman trail with late afternoon light.
5 - SOUTH GATEWAY ROCK 11 - KEYHOLE WINDOW
A monolith of red Lyons sandstone A smalll window on top of a red
having the same charactoristics as Lyons sandstone wall located just
the North Gateway. The Lyons south of the Upper Loop trail. The
sandstone formations of the window is only visible from the
Garden of the Gods were deposited west side of the formation. Best
between 245 and 286 million years ago. Good views are from views are from the upper Scotsman trail. Photograph was
the Central Garden, Gateway, Susan G. Bretag, Galloway captured from the upper Scotsman trail with evening light.
Homestead, Chambers, and Palmer trails. Photograph is of the
east face with early morning light.
6 - PULPIT ROCK 12 - GIANT FOOTPRINTS
Standing alone, a smaller feature Although the outline of footprint
rising out of a juniper forested like shapes in the rock are more
section of the Central Garden area. prevelant from a veiw farther to the
It is composed of the reddish- north, this perspective of the
brown conglomerate rock of the Foutain formation just west of the
Fountain formation. Best view of this feature is seen from the intersection of Juniper Way and Garden Drive is much more
Central Garden trails. Photograph is of the eastern face. dramatic. Best views are from the Palmer trail. Photograph is
from the east side of the feature with morning light.
13 - SCOTSMAN 18 - NATIVE AMERICAN AREA
This outcrop of the Fountain Located within the Rock Ledge
formation is situated just behind Ranch Historic Site section of
and a short distance to the east of Garden of the Gods Park, this
the Scotsman picnic area. The feature portrays the lifestyle of the
figure is partially hidden by Ute people from 1775 - 1835 who
overgrowth of foliage in the foreground. Best views are from lived along the Central Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
the Scotsman trail and from around the picnic area. Photo- The interpretive areas of the Historic Site are staffed Wednes-
graph was taken with late afternoon light during summer. day thru Sunday during summer months. Call (719) 578-6777
for current scheduling and events information.
14 - SIAMESE TWINS 19 - GALLOWAY HOMESTEAD
A set of two adjoining towers of Situated near the Native American
stone with a window towards the Area of the Rock Ledge Ranch
bottom of the formation, not Historic Site, this feature portrays
included in this photograph. Dark 1860's pioneer lifestyle of the
reddish conglometate rock which American west. The interpretive
photographs well in morning light with views of Pikes Peak in areas of the Historic Site are staffed Wednesday thru Sunday
the background. Best views are from the Siamese Twins trail. during summer months. Call (719) 578-6777 for current
scheduling and events information.
15 - BALANCED ROCK 20 - CARRIAGE HOUSE
Due to erosion more prevelant at Another interpretive feature within
the base of this feature it appears the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site,
to be perched in such a manner various thematic exhibits are
that soon it will tumble over on it's housed at this historic venue. The
side. Positioned along Garden Drive Carriage House is open Wednesday
at the west end of the park it greats visitors entering from the thru Sunday during summer months. Call (719) 578-6777 for
Manitou Springs side. Best views are from the parking areas current scheduling and events information.
near the formation. Photograph is of the eastern face with
16 - STEAMBOAT ROCK 21 - ROCKLEDGE HOUSE
Just south of the Balanced rock A historic site dating back to the
this slanting wall of red stone 1880's, the Rockledge House
appears on the hilltop in a bold provided living quarters for the
outcrop of the Fountain formation. Chambers Farm. Open Wednesday
At sunrise, a striking photograph thru Sunday during summer
can be catured with the Rampart Range mountains in the months. Call (719) 578-6777 for current scheduling information.
17 - TOAD AND TOADSTOOLS 22 - ORCHARD HOUSE
A little difficult to find, these Designed by architect Thomas
interesting set of rock features are MacLaren, known for designing the
located off the north side of Garden original Broadmoor Hotel. Orchard
Drive towards the western border House was built in 1907 with such
of the park. An area clear of features as electricity, hot water
foliage just to the east of the rocks allows for morning to and central heating for the sister-in-law of William Jackson
mid-afternoon photography. Palmer. Palmer was a founding member of Colorado Springs.
Open for visitors Wednesday thru Sunday during summer
months. Call (719) 578-6777 for current scheduling info.
23 - BLACKSMITH SHOP
Hand-pounded forged tools and
ROCK LEDGE RANCH HISTORIC SITE FEATURES fixtures from the 1900's era are
produced here. Demonstrations for
visitors running Wednesday thru
Sunday during summer months.
Call (719) 578-6777 for current scheduling and events