Three Graces -
   Were you married there?

The Three Graces in Garden of the Gods is both a formation and a plaza.  The plaza, at the base of the formation is the site of many ceremonies, and is especially chosen for weddings.  This is one of the most popular spots in the park. 

Up close, this formation is spectacular.  But have you seen it from the Upper Loop trail?  Nice.

How did it get its name?

But how did this formation get it’s name?  You know, I’m not sure.  It might be from the famous statue.  If you know, please write in and tell me.  I’ll happily give you credit.

Fountain Arkose and Feldspar

This formation is made up of a conglomerate of coarse sediment called Fountain Arkose - which is up to a quarter feldspar - fun fact.  It’s said that the Three Graces pink color comes from this feldspar.  It’s one of the oldest types of rock in in the Garden. 

Did you get married here?

Anyone have wedding photos here?  Send them in and we’ll show you off.

Bear and Seal - gone but not forgotten

Atop the Three Graces was a smaller formation called Bear and Seal.  It was a favorite of visitors and could be seen from many vantage points.  In the Spring of 1942, old seal broke apart and came down.  It's said that the crash could be heard from the Hidden Inn.  (Also no longer there.)

Bear and Seal Vintage Postcard
No Seal Now Sadly

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