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Cottonwood Lake
The lake lies in a narrow canyon along Cottonwood Creek as a side trip on the route from Buena Vista over Cottonwood Pass. The south side of the canyon is steep and heavily forested, with spruce fir and aspen right down to the water. The inlet on the west is filled with thick willows and bulrus...
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Garden of the Gods
Description: Located in the foothills on the west side of Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods is renowned for its spectacular red sandstone formations.

Wildlife to Watch: Bighorn Sheep may be seen from the main parking lot on rocky outcrops to the north. In the central garden area look high on the cliff for resting magpies, ravens, scrubs, Steller`s and blue jays, swallows, meadowlarks, spotted towhees, harriers and red-tailed hawks.

Over 170 species of birds have been seen in the park. Mammals include mule deer, coyotes, squirrels, cottontails, black bears, bobcats, and elk. Among reptiles that may be seen are rattlesnakes, bull snakes, garter snakes, and fence lizards. The visitor center (719-634-6666) has a naturalist, exhibits, programs, checklists, free nature walks and a restaurant.

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Other Activities: Horse trailrides are available.

Ownership: City of Colorado Springs 
Size: 1367 acres 
Closest Town: Colorado Springs

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Garden of the Gods
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Driving Directions:
5 miles west of Colorado Springs on Hwy 24.

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Garden of the Gods : Wildlife Viewing Area