The Rock Formations

When you get right down to it, the Garden of the Gods IS the spectacular rock formations.

Everything else is secondary.

Here's the sciency stuff from Wikipedia:  "The outstanding geologic features of the park are the ancient sedimentary beds of deep-red, pink and white sandstones, conglomerates and limestone that were deposited horizontally, but have now been tilted vertically and faulted by the immense mountain building forces caused by the uplift of the Rocky Mountains."

We'll have a look at some of that sandstone and conglomerate up-close on another page.  But for now, we'll leave the science.

Let's get started

The best way to lead you through the Garden’s rock formations is to do it in the order you would see it as you go through the park. Granted, there are several routes through the Garden, but we’ll go through the main entrance off 30th Street. Of course, you’ve already stopped at the Visitor’s Center, right?

We’ll go in the main entrance and travel down Gateway Road. At the end of this straightaway, the road becomes, for the most part, a one-way loop. Remember, the entire loop is about seven and a half miles so, without stops, the drive would only take a half hour or so.

But, to explore the Central Garden formations, we’ll stop at the first parking lot you come to - the North Main Parking Lot.

From this main parking lot, you can get on the Perkins Central Garden trail. This trail is a big wide sidewalk, is wheelchair and stroller accessible and is and easy 1 1/2 mile walk.  This trail gets you into the heart of the Garden, where you'll see the formations up close and personal.       

Watch out for dinosaurs! 

From this Main Garden Trail, these are the formations you’ll see.

Back to the parking lot, we’ll continue to make our way through the park seeing these formations

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