HIKE AND DINE: HIKE GARDEN OF THE GODS AND DINE AT MASON JARS GRILL

  • April 26, 2014 · 9:45 AM

In 1859, two surveyors started out from Denver City to begin a town site, soon to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a "young and poetic man", exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it The Garden of the Gods."

I would like to meet at the visitor center to use the facilities; there is a snack bar, gift shop and a 20 minute documentary of how the Garden of the Gods was created. You should pick up one of the free maps the gift shop provides. We will do our best to hike to all of the well known rock sculptors.

We’ll begin the hike from the visitor center and work ourselves down towards the main gift shop where most of the well known areas are. The gift shop is one of the best in Colorado.

                                   DORO, du siehst wie immer gut!!!  

I would safely say we will be walking around 7miles round trip depending which formations we’ll want to go see. My favorite is the Window Formation. This is the most well known of the formations in the park. You just peek inside the Window and see Pike’s Peak as if it were framed by the formation.

Directions to The Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center

From I-25 take exit #146 (Garden of the Gods Road) Go west (towards the mountains) for 2.5 miles then turn left onto 30th St. Drive over a mile and the Visitor Center will be on the left. I would like to start the hike at around 10:15 A.M. 

MASON JARS:

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&q=2925+West+Colorado+Avenue,+Colorado+Springs,+CO+80904&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=55.543096,135.263672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2925+W+Colorado+Ave,+Colorado+Springs,+El+Paso,+Colorado+80904&ll=38.851239,-104.870081&spn=0.006434,0.016512&z=17

2925 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

The best way to get there from the Visitors Center is to drive through the Garden of the Gods Park!

Have a great week everyone!!!

Sincerely,

Don

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  • Cathy M.

    It was wonderful!

    April 26, 2014

  • Gail

    I had a wonderful time with a great group of people. The weather was perfect and the meal at Mason Jar's Grill was excellent!

    April 26, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Great hike, wonderful people and lovely weather! Good to see you all!

    April 26, 2014

  • Lenny M.

    Thanks for organizing this great hike. Do you have any idea how long we will hike? I will join for the hike but not the feast....

    April 25, 2014

    • Don

      about 4-5 hours

      April 26, 2014

  • Luanne G

    So very much wanted to do this. But had to cancel to take a family member for xrays Saturday morning. Catch you next time!

    April 25, 2014

  • Joyce

    Anyone carpooling from cap Hill/downtown area? Would LOVE to join!

    April 23, 2014

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