They say the best things in life are free - and this scenic area meets that definition. It's hard to believe in 1909 someone bought all 480 acres for $22 an acre, then donated it with the stipulation that it remain forever free. The late Charles Elliott Perkins owned the property, but never built on his land. He generously allowed the public to enjoy it while he owned it.
The Garden of the Gods Park, a Registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs, is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the summer and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the winter.
The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter months and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
If you are into photography, the Garden of the Gods has plenty of places to be creative. You can get great shots from just about anywhere. The best time might be in the afternoon when the sun brightens up the red sandstone.
If you want to rock climb, you must register at the visitor center.