GoG_Hiking_Map by xiangpeng

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									                                                    FEATURES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Garden of the Gods
1   Tower of Babel                                                             9         Kindergarten Rock
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    North Gateway Rock / Kissing Camels
    Signature Rock
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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

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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
morning light.
                            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.
background.



                            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
                                                                     information.

								
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