Climbing Rocks At The Garden Of The Gods In Colorado Springs
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At the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, you can let actually your kids climb the walls.
To clarify, you have to have permits and special gear to shimmy up the actual rock faces, which are at death-defying heights and remarkable in their rust color and unique formations.
Still, your brood can scramble up some of the smaller rock faces and test their skills, pretending to be professionals scaling Pikes Peak.
I wish I could tell you how these unusual landmarks were made, but neither of my big kids wanted to spend time watching the park’s informative film before proceeding to the trails.
“Mom,” said William, “Why would you want to watch the movie when you can actually go there yourself?”
Well, point taken.
So off we went.
We parked at the North parking lot and took in the formations at the “Juniper Loop.”
The “trail” is actually a paved path ready for strollers and easy enough for preschoolers to trod while still being visually arresting for older kids.
In fact, you can take in 13 different rock monuments on this route including the “Kissing Camels,” “Tower of Babel,” and the “Sleeping Giant.”
I would have liked to have also tried the easy Spring Canyon Trailhead, but alas, Charlotte had to go potty. (See my previous post on our thrilling adventures with constipation and laxatives in Taos. Ugh.)
If you have older kiddos, I could see spending an entire day at the park exploring.
Note that the park was packed on the Friday we went, but that’s expected in summer. At the very least, you’ll see a car sporting a license plate from Alaska which means you can finally finish that blasted License Plate Game.