The shining red rocks on the outskirts of Colorado Springs are a most striking spectacle within the Garden of the Gods. The huge red sandstone rock formations rise to a height of up to 150 metres. These natural monuments are a reminder of the geological past of this extraordinary region situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
Protected by the rocky terrain, the Ute Indians found this to be an ideal place in which to spend the winter months. The tribes’ winter camps existed there up until the late 19th century. A combination of three ecological systems, indigenous wildlife and vegetation provided a good source of nourishment for the Indians. The Ute not only used the Garden of the Gods as a winter camp but also as a starting point for their journeys through the Ute Pass.
Rain, wind, ice and melting snow have gradually created the elevated layers of rock in the Garden of the Gods and have given it its unique appearance. The surrounding landscape enchants due to its spectacular beauty and small forests while the meadows are in stark contract to this world of natural stone.
The rocks in the Garden of the Gods are silent witnesses of a unique geological development and a true wonder of nature!