The Garden of the Gods is one of the most popular attractions in the Pikes Peak Colorado Springs area. It was dedicated in 1909 as a free city park. Visitors will also be fascinated by the magnificent red sandstone rock formations, for which the Garden of the Gods is most famous. Many of these rock formations are over 300 million years old and have been sculpted throughout the years by erosion.
Charles Perkins, president of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, is the "godfather" of the Garden of the Gods, Colorado. He purchased much of the land upon which the park stands. After his death, his family honored his request and gave the land to the City of Colorado Springs to be used as a park, on the condition that it would remain free forever to all visitors.
The Garden of the Gods is home to one of the most famous rocks in the country: the Balanced Rock. This huge rock is balanced on a small base layer of mud. Please note the relative size of the people.