The Beer Garden

A change of pace from Southern California. Kathleen ventured out to Colorado and captured this amazing vista at The Garden of the Gods. The name of the park dates back to August 1859 when two surveyors helping to set up nearby Colorado City were exploring the nearby areas. Upon discovering the site, one of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a Beer Garden.” His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.” The Beer Garden never materialized, but the name stuck.

The outstanding geologic features of the park are the ancient sedimentary beds of red, blue, purple, and white sandstones, conglomerates and limestone that were deposited horizontally, but have now been tilted vertically and faulted by the immense mountain building forces caused by the uplift of the Pikes Peak massif. Evidence of past ages; ancient seas, eroded remains of ancestral mountain ranges, alluvial fans, sandy beaches and great sand dune fields can be read in the rocks. A spectacular shear fault can be observed where the Tower of Babel contacts the Fountain Formation The name Colorado is said to come from the color of the sandstone.


4 responses

  1. Great shot, Kathleen! Wow, I love the composition on this one, really a great shot. I love how crystal clear this is, gives the impression it goes forever just beyond the peaks…. Most excellent.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm

  2. Amazing shot of a beautiful vista. The name fits.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

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