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Abstract

The Garden of the Gods, a city park within the Colorado Springs city limits, is located on the eastern flank of the Colorado Front Range (Fig. 1). It can be reached by following the Garden of the Gods Road (exit 146 from I-25) west 2.4 mi (3.8 km) until it curves to the south and becomes 30th Street. Continue south 1.5 mi (2.4 km) to an unnamed road marked by a small sign (Garden of the Gods) and turn right (west) into the park. Mesa Road, which veers uphill from 30th Street 0.8 mi (1.3 km) north of the turnoff to the park, crests at a spectacular overview of the park and surrounding areas. Several U.S. Geological Survey 7½-minute quadrangle maps cover this region. The Garden of the Gods lies mostly within the Pikeview and Cascade Quadrangles; with its southern part in the Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs Quadrangles. The two stops described here are all on public land and can be reached by passenger car.

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