Balanced Rock, Garden of the GodsColorado Springs, COLet's go! We begin from the camper which is in Manitou, head towards the Garden of the Gods entrance road. Along the way we see a brightly colored mural on a shed at a private residence. Notice the red rocks painted on the scene…we'll be seeing lots of those soon! We're in Garden of the Gods now on the road that leads up to Balanced Rock. On both side of the road are pines often with exposed roots and interesting red rock formations. Just as we approach Balanced Rock we see a “jumper” ready to take the plunge as a group of horrified on-lookers looks on! Kidding, of course. This area is crawling with people during the summer months. Usually there's someone perched under one edge of the rock getting their picture shot as they “hold” it up. We take a trail around the side of Steamboat Rock (just across the road from Balanced Rock), do a little climbing so we can look down on the road we just traveled up. Here come some bikers! Garden of the Gods is a fantastic spot for hiking, biking, rock climbing, picnicking, and just enjoying natural beauty. Looking toward the west we see some people out enjoying one of the many huge red rock formations in the area. Some folks getting some shots! Pikes Peak beyond Garden of the Gods red rocks. - much nicer enlarged! What a view…nothing like it!!