Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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Garden of the Gods, ColoradoEntrance to the park. Pikes Peak is in the background.
Garden of the Gods, ColoradoA visitor center has exhibits on the geology and natural history.
Garden of the Gods, ColoradoView west from the visitor center.
Garden of the Gods, ColoradoLooking north along the hogbacks. The Rocky Mountain front is a large monoclinal fold that finally faulted. The fault is not between the contact between the sandstones and Precambrian rocks, but within the sandstones. West of the fault the unconformity between the sandstones and underlying Precambrian crystalline rocks can be seen in a number of places. One nearby locality is on U.S. 24 at Manitou Springs a few kilometers to the west.
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Garden of the Gods, ColoradoView south along the Rocky Mountain front from the south end of the park
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Garden of the Gods, ColoradoThin blades of upturned sandstone are the most famous features of Garden of the Gods.
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Garden of the Gods, ColoradoBalanced Rock is a famous attraction at Garden of the Gods. It's not quite as precarious as it looks because it's actually attached by a fairly long rib of rock.

Note that the layers here are gently dipping. There are no hogbacks in this area, which is west of the fault. These rocks are resting unconformably on Precambrian crystalline rocks, and the contact is exposed a few kilometers to the west at Manitou Springs.

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Garden of the Gods, ColoradoThe rock looks a lot more precarious when seen end-on, the usual vantage point for pictures.
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Garden of the Gods, ColoradoColorado Springs.
Garden of the Gods, ColoradoRocky Mountain foothills from the south end of the park.
Garden of the Gods, ColoradoNearby Pike's Peak, easily the most user-friendly 14,000 foot peak in the U.S., adds to the scenic appeal of Garden of the Gods.
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Garden of the Gods, ColoradoOutcrops along U.S. 24 in Colorado Springs.
Garden of the Gods, ColoradoNote the low angle normal fault.

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Created 14 July 2003, Last Update 01 July 2012

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