Garden of the Gods

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Garden of the Gods

Protecting the backdrop of an iconic park

A world-class iconic landscape, Garden of the Gods Park is a 1,367-acre geologic wonder that attracts an astonishing six million people from all over the world each year. Whether by car, foot, horseback, bike, or even segway, this beloved park is the ideal place to bring visiting friends and family or to find your own solace in the majestic and awe-inspiring red rock formations. 

Palmer Land Conservancy has worked to help protect this one-of-a-kind park since our inception. In 1980, Palmer played a key role in the transfer of 37 acres containing Blair Bridge from A.G. and Margaret Hill to the City of Colorado Springs to be incorporated into the park. Some years later, when development along the boundary of the park was proposed, Palmer worked quickly to purchase land, thereby catalyzing the eventual protection of the majestic views provided by these backdrop lots. Ultimately, this land was donated to the City who added it to the growing park.  Working for nearly three decades, Palmer and the City have protected more than half of the lots that provide the backdrop views of Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. 

We are grateful for the work of the staff and trustees of Palmer over the years who recognized the importance of this special park and worked hard to ensure its protection forever.