Garden of the Gods: Toddler on the Rocks


Nothing beats meandering around the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs on a perfect pre-winter morning. Except maybe following around an excited toddler!

With my new nephew born, we took the whole family up to Colorado Springs to meet him. Momma (my sister) and baby (my nephew) weren’t up to much in the mornings. This left us with some time to go hang out at Garden of the Gods. It wasn’t quite cold, we had stumbled on what will probably prove to be the last pleasant weekend of the year – it was just under 60 degrees when we were playing around.

Our oldest is 2 years and 8 months and loves exploring. She took off running all over the park with us walking at a good clip to keep up. Who can blame her? There were rocks that sparkle and all different shapes of twigs and branches.

There were huge boulders for her to climb (and daddy to step up), and climb she did! Not over much that was too tall, but daddy helped her climb the taller ones and caught her when she slipped.

When she came to a group of step stool sized stones, she told us to stand up on each of the rocks and then rotated us as we played along.

I’ve always wanted my little girl to grow up loving hiking and the out doors, and the Garden of the Gods, while decidedly tame, is a great spot to enjoy a day in the sun with a toddler.



About Sean Smith

Husband, Father, Pastor, Swimmer, Writer, Reader, and attempted Adventurer!
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