The Garden of the Gods is a park and national natural landmark in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Created millions of years ago by geological upheaval, the land was significant to a number of Western Native American tribes. The oral traditions of the Ute people in particular tell of their creation at the Garden of the Gods.
In 1879, Charles Elliot Perkins bought 500 acres of the land. After his death, his estate gave the land to Colorado Springs in 1909 on the condition that it be a free park for the public to enjoy.
It is still free to wander the park, which has miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. About two million people visit per year, making it the most popular park in Colorado Springs.