Somewhere in our tour brochures we read that this is the best and most unique city park in the world. Notice I said city park. Charles Elliott Perkins, who once owned this 1,350 acres of land, told his children that the Garden of the Gods should forever be free to the people of the world. His children gave the land to city of Colorado Springs in1909. Yesterday, Sunday, we drove around the park as well as hiked some of the trails. One of the first formations we saw was balanced rock.