Garden of the Gods moves to summer schedule

       The Garden of the Gods Visitor Center went to its longer, summer-hours schedule over Memorial Day weekend. The center, located at 30th Street and Gateway Road just east of the city park, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until Labor Day.
       The park itself is free and open to the public from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the summer. The Garden of the Gods offers 19 rock formations and six marked trails (multi-use). There are also two picnic areas, one on Garden Drive and the other on Garden Lane.
       Horseback riding is available through the Academy Riding Stables at 633- 5667.
        The Rockledge Ranch Historic Site, located in the east part of the park, charges admission and keeps different hours than the Garden of the Gods. (See story below.)
       Climbing on rock formations is allowed only on marked routes by technical climbers with the necessary equipment who have registered at the Visitor Center. No camping is permitted.
       A park map and other information are available at the center.
       The park, donated to the city by the Perkins family in the early 1900s, is one of the most popular tourist spots in Colorado and is visited annually by many thousands of people.

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