Kissing Camels

The Kissing Camels is one of the most famous formations in the Garden of the Gods.  If this formation becomes your favorite too, then you can easily find all sorts of touristy "stuff" with this iconic photo on it.  T-shirts, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, maybe even a hat.  What else would you like with the Kissing Camels on it?

Pointing out the Kissing Camels from a distance - on North Gateway Rock

From the vantage point above, it actually looks like both camels have humps - the one on the right having a humongous hump!  But as you will see in the other photos,  that camel on the right sorta doesn't even have a hump at all.  Shhhh - don't tell anyone.

The Legend of the Missing Hump???

As an "insider" even I have heard the various stories about how the camel lost its hump.  I started asking the "experts" and found that they all had their own story of how and when this happened.  But I couldn't find any pictures of the Kissing Camels that HAD a hump on the camel on the right. 

Even in the turn-of-the-century postcards. . .

One version of the story goes that lightning struck the formation at one point.  Another says a rock slide occurred in the 1940's and the hump disappeared then. 

But according to an article in the Gazette in 2008, the director of the Pioneers Museum, Matt Mayberry, says that camel has been "humpless" since before the founding of the city.

So there you have it.

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