One of the most iconic and beloved spots in all of Colorado is the Garden of the Gods: the Centennial State’s go-to for both outdoor recreation and photography! Comprised of red rock formations with deposited red, pink and white sandstone, conglomerate, and limestone that were created millions of years ago during a geological upheaval, the Garden of the Gods is a true geologic wonder that has captivated humans for thousands of years, with evidence of prehistoric tribes once inhabiting the area.

Though much of the “Gardens” has stayed the same, a lot has changed through the years, as evidenced by these stunning before and after pictures.

As always, a huge thank you to our friends at History Colorado for sharing their collection of photos with us! Do you have a place that you would like to see featured on Only in Colorado? Tell us about it here. You can learn even more about the Garden of the Gods by clicking Your Summer Isn’t Complete Until You Have Taken This Colorado Sunrise Hike.

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