Tour Guide: "12." Then, looking at Grace...."She looks 12".
We didn't argue and 20 minutes later we were on Segways riding through the Garden of the Gods park on a tour to see and learn about the history of these rock formations that stand out among the mountains and foothills.
The Garden of the Gods red rock formations fall along a natural fault line. They formed millions of years ago during a geological upheaval.
It is very dramatic to see the 300-400 foot rocks from a distance. They are also beautiful up close against the blue sky.
Apparently, many Native American tribes came to this area to trade. The rock formations are easy to find, there was abundant wildlife and vegetation in the area, and the rock overhangs provided shelter from the sun and weather.
In this photo they say there is a screaming witch face. Can you see it?
The rock formations are all unique and different - toppled, overturned, stood-up, pushed, and slanted. Balance Rock is one of the famous formations and a popular photo opportunity. Softer layers at the base were removed by erosion leaving it to look like it is "balanced" on a small bottom.
After the Segway tour we took a drive on a dirt path into the mountains for some great views and then visited Red Rock Canyon Open Space (another park) looking for mountain lakes for swimming. Our guide said this is where the locals go, so we had to explore!