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Colorado Springs: Walking Through the Garden of the Gods

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An October 2001 trip to Colorado Springs by jemery

Garden of the Gods Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado More Photos
Quote: Within an hour’s drive of Colorado Springs lie many of Colorado’s most-visited attractions: Pike’s Peak, the Royal Gorge, and the incomparable Garden of the Gods among them. Home of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and with cheaper airfares than Denver, it’s a good base for a tour.

Colorado Springs: Walking Through the Garden of the Gods

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Overview

Pike's Peak Ave., Colorado Springs Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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I was originally attracted to Colorado Springs by its airfares: far less than what the carriers were demanding for flights from the Midwest to Denver. They made ‘The Springs’ a great alternative for persons visiting southeastern Colorado, which I had occasion to do four years ago. The biggest shock of my return from that 4-year absence was ... SPRAWL. On my 1997 visit, an inexpensive bus from the airport brought me quickly into a downtown notable for wide, pedestrian-friendly streets. My October, 2001 highway trip from Denver went past miles of malls and business parks, six-or-eight-lane trafficways, and subdivisions isolated behind high stone sound-barrier fences. The city currently holds ...Read More

The Mason Jar

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Restaurant

The Mason Jar Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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The ‘Mason Jar’, a little less than three miles northwest of downtown Colorado Springs, calls itself a ‘family restaurant’. At least half the tables were, in fact, occupied by families with children when I visited there at 7:30 one Wednesday evening. And, it was FULL: The waiting line in the lobby was at least 10 people long. Fortunately, people with kids don’t generally linger at the table over drinks; I was escorted inside after just seven or eight minutes. Well before that, a hostess had fetched me a pre-dinner cocktail as I sat waiting in the anteroom. The drink --- a properly-made Manhattan --- revealed the origin of the restaurant’s name: It was served in an apparently-g...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 15, 2001

The Mason Jar
2925 W Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
(719) 632-4820

Garden of the Gods

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Attraction | "The Garden of the Gods"

Garden of the Gods Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Geologists say The Garden of the Gods is at least 350 million years old --- the time it took subterranean forces to create the Ancestral Rockies, for erosion to wear them away, for an inland sea to flood the remains, and for new tectonic collisions to build the present-day Rockies. The combined result of mountain-building, erosion and sedimentation created the fairy-castle red sandstone pillars now strewn throughout this 1,370-acre park. They have such delightfully descriptive names as ‘Tower of Babel’, ‘Cathedral of Spires’, ‘Keyhole Window’, ‘Steamboat Rock’, and ‘Giant Footprints’. A map identifying 19 of these formations, and showing which trails run past them, is available at the Vis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2001

Garden of the Gods
1805 North 30th Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
(719) 634-6666

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

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Attraction | "The Royal Gorge"

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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It’s 1,053 feet down from the upper rim to the river at its bottom. Getting across it requires the world’s highest suspension bridge --- yet it’s so steep and narrow that one can walk across in just five or ten minutes. Its red granite walls and the fast water roaring between them make it one of North America’s most spectacular sights. And engineers somehow managed to build a railroad through it! Welcome to the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River. Twelve miles west of Canon City, Colorado, and an hour’s drive from Colorado Springs, the gorge is a spectacle to be seen twice: once from the bottom and again from the graceful ‘Hanging Bridge’ above it. (The park that controls entry t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2001

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
4218 County Road 3A
Canon City, Colorado 81215
+1 888 333 5597; +1

Old Pueblo - Side Trip

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Attraction | "Side Trip to Old Pueblo"

Old Pueblo - Side Trip Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Pueblo officials say their city, 42 miles south of Colorado Springs, has more buildings on the National Register of Historic Places than any Colorado city other than Denver. If your itinerary takes you anywhere near there, consider spending an hour strolling through Pueblo’s Union Avenue Historic District and Riverwalk. The Riverwalk was the original channel of the Arkansas River, until massive flooding diverted its course into a new channel south of downtown. A local historian told me that what’s now the Riverwalk was once the international boundary between the U.S. and Mexico; the six flags decorating the Main St. Bridge represent the various countries that governed the city over the y...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 15, 2001

Old Pueblo - Side Trip
Union Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado