One last look at Garden of the Gods

More pictures from our walk through Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs. It was our first day in Colorado so I took a ton of pictures. What an amazing place. Even with the dark clouds it was a magical place. I think it even drizzled a little while we were there but at least it wasn’t freezing. I’m sure on the weekends and in the summer when it’s extremely crowded it’s not as much fun. There were signs for over flow parking down the road and you have to take a shuttle into the park.

A few birds.  A pigeon and a western scrub jay. The western scrub jay was a first for me. I still haven’t seen the eastern one that lives here in Florida.

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A castle in Colorado?

Wild mule deer wandering around the castle property.

A castle in Colorado Springs? I just happened to read about Glen Eyrie while looking for things to do on our trip in late September. Built in 1871 by the founder of Colorado Springs, you can now stay in the castle. There is also a lodge and convention center as well. It sits in the northwestern foothills of the Garden Of The Gods rock formations. We stopped by to visit the gift shop and walk around the property. And of course, the weather was not in our favor. I want to come back and stay here sometime.

Such a beautiful spot.

With it’s own built in hiking area.

Linking to Wednesday Around the World

Garden of the Gods

We left our hotel at the base of Cheyenne Mountain and headed towards the Garden of the Gods Park.  As we got closer to the park, you could see the sandstone rock formations.

We spent several hours here walking around. The sun was out at first but then the dark clouds started to move in and it started to drizzle right before we were leaving. What a magical place this was. I probably could have spent all day here but it was starting to rain and I was hungry.  I’m sure during peak tourist season in the summer it’s not as much fun. There wasn’t a lot of people around so it almost felt like we had the entire place to ourselves.  This park is more than just a few pictures here and there so To Be Continued…

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Vacation sneak peak

Our view from the hotel. The first morning was the only time we saw Cheyenne Mountain.  After this it was completely covered in fog.

We spent a morning walking around in the drizzle at Garden of the Gods.

An afternoon at Cave of the Winds.  The view from the parking lot is above.

The above were on the road to Cripple Creek.

Spent a short time walking around the grounds of Glen Eyrie Castle. You can stay here but they book up fast. Maybe next year.

Helen Hunt Falls in Cheyenne Mountain Park.

It was hard to believe that just two weeks after Hurricane Irma passed through our area we were waking up in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain just west of Colorado Springs. We had planned this trip back in early spring and there were a lot of hurdles to get through before we could relax on our vacation including a 7 hour flight delay getting there. Relaxing wasn’t high on the list for the vacation though. We spent every day outside in the rain and drizzle walking around. Even in the fog and rain, the area was insanely beautiful. Or maybe it was because we aren’t accustomed to seeing the mountains on a daily basis.  I guess some of the people who grew up here would say the same thing about our beaches in Florida. We hit most of the places on our wish list but due to weather missed a few as well. All the more reason to go back in the near future. I took a ton of pictures and am just starting to edit them.  More later.