Month in Manitou: Walk with Me to Balanced Rock

by Marsha March. 19, 2011 5677 views

Balanced Rock, Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, CO

Let'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!!

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Tomie Poodle 10 years, 2 months ago

beautiful set! what a view on pic 9 !!

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Michaå‚ 10 years, 2 months ago

#3, #9 and #10. Absolutely extraordinary place. Breathtaking.

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Péter Somogyvári 10 years, 2 months ago

What a wonderful tour !

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Pete 10 years, 2 months ago

some really great ones in this set. #2 is lovely

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 10 years, 2 months ago

Okay...here we go: #1 is a wonderful find; the angle of the shot in #3 is tres cool; love the textures and the details in the rock strata in #4; and the composition of #7 is very appealing. Wonderful post, Marsha!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 10 years, 2 months ago

Great Set !! Thanks for the Tour !!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
David Cardona 10 years, 2 months ago

Pretty good! Excellent perspectives and nice subjects! Well done work!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Amber 10 years, 2 months ago

Love the last 2!

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Lis 10 years, 2 months ago

what an awesome set Marsha! I love it so much that I added 2, 5 and 9 to my faves. This is such a beautiful place.. those rocks are awesome... nature is so beautiful! Great captures!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Brian 10 years, 2 months ago

I think I'd be one of the people posing to hold up the rock:) Wonderful landscapes.

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sara G 10 years, 2 months ago

Oooooooo breathtaking! love Balanced Rock in b/w

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ray King 10 years, 2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful shots. The colors are wonderful. I don't think I'd stand down hill of that balanced rock. I'd love to visit.

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jack Castelo Branco 10 years, 2 months ago

Great

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Kaitlyn 10 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful views!!!!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jennye 10 years, 2 months ago

Such a beautiful place!!! ...excellent shots!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Lynda 10 years, 2 months ago

Great set. I especially like the painted shed.

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Gonia 10 years, 2 months ago

these are spplendid! I like them - especially bikers, but you didn't post this picture with brown rock and tree.last is the best.

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Nancy 10 years, 2 months ago

It would be fascinating walk!!! Incredible set:)) Does Riley dog sit......

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 10 years, 2 months ago

*Sigh*

Where to begin with these?!

Fan-Freakin'-Tastic... ;)

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Piotrek 10 years, 2 months ago

Outstanding shots! Thanks for sharing!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 10 years, 2 months ago

Great set as ever Marsha.

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Thomas Thompson 10 years, 2 months ago

Wow what a fantastic set well done Marsha

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Darlene Foster 10 years, 2 months ago

You are very lucky to live so near to this spectacular display! And you are up to the challenge of making it look a little different each time you post it! And yes, I have a shot of a friend holding up Balanced Rock. It is the thing to do! LOL!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ibrahim 10 years, 2 months ago

amazing place and great captures.

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Finbarr 10 years, 2 months ago

Wonderful shots and great place to visit !!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Renato Martins 10 years, 2 months ago

This is a great place and a great set

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Kate 10 years, 2 months ago

What an amazing place...I love the shot of the tree roots, and the fabulous views you have given us :)

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Felecia Eby 10 years, 2 months ago

Marsha thank you so much for letting us share in your walk! This is an incredible set. I love how the rocks in the mural almost meet the rocks on the ground. The picture of Pike's Peak is stunning and yes, much better enlarged. I only wish there had been a shot of you "holding up" Balanced Rock. Well done!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 10 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful.

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Christa 10 years, 2 months ago

Here we are again in this fantastic place. These are all great pictures with wonderful views, yes, it is worth to be enlarged. That root in shot 2 and shot 10 are my very favorites and I take 10 with me.

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Tamara Harden 10 years, 2 months ago

That tree looks like it won't be standing too much longer with all of it's roots exposed. Beautiful area. Love those rock formations.

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