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Garden of the Gods named best US park

Here's some of the best Gazette staff photos of the Garden of the Gods and reader submitted photos.

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The stars, including those that make up the Big Dipper formation, sparkle in the night sky as the Kissing Camels rock formation stands out during a warm evening in the Garden of the Gods on Friday, July 16, 2010. (The Gazette, Bryan Oller)

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GARDEN OF THE GODS

Michelle Ennis leaps from rock to rock while visiting Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods Monday, June 23, 2014. Ennis is visiting from Chicago and said this was her first ever visit to the park that online travel site TripAdvisor recently named the No. 1 park in the country. The city of Colorado Springs estimates that roughly 2 million people visit the park every year. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Snow fell on the rocks of Garden of the Gods Tuesday morning. The greater Colorado Springs area received 1 to 2.5 inches of snow while Walsenburg and Aguilar each reported 15 inches over night into Tuesday. Area forecasts said the weather will be into the fifties by Saturday progressively getting warmer each day. photo by Carol Lawrence 02/05/07

Carol Lawrence

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HOUSE FIRE

Barbara McAlister found the roads in the Garden of the Gods clear enough for a run early Monday morning, April 14, 2014. Her route took her past Balanced Rock. McAlister said she is training for this summer's Pikes Peak Ascent. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

MARK REIS

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GARDEN OF THE GODS

The Kissing Camels in Garden of the Gods Thursday, February 7, 2013. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE

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GARDEN OF THE GODS SUNRISE

The early morning sun illuminates the Gateway Rocks in Garden of the Gods Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

MARK REIS

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GARDEN OF THE GODS WEATHER

Snowy, foggy morning in Garden of the Gods Thursday, April 17, 2014. Photo by Joanna Bean

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GARDEN OF THE GODS

As late day dark clouds gather to block the sunshine, Amiee Fooshee and her kids Casey, left, and Frank explore a rock formation near the Siamese Twins in the Garden of The Gods Sunday, January 15, 2012. Fooshee said she was "born and raised" in Colorado Springs and takes any chance to gets to explore the Garden of the Gods. Mark Reis, The Gazette

MARK REIS

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GOG SNOW

Big horn sheep walk through the snow in front of North Gateway Rock in the Garden of the Gods Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Frosty gamble oak in front of the Southgate rock formation in Garden of the Gods on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
A dense fog advisory for the Colorado Springs area cancelled some flights from the Colorado Springs' airport Monday morning. Although the advisory was lifted, fog remained in Garden of the Gods Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. A band of snow could bring 1-3 inches of snow to the region through the day.
Carol Lawrence/The Gazette

Frosty gamble oak in front of the Southgate rock formation in Garden of the Gods on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. A dense fog advisory for the Colorado Springs area cancelled some flights from the Colorado Springs' airport Monday morning. Although the advisory was lifted, fog remained in Garden of the Gods Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. A band of snow could bring 1-3 inches of snow to the region through the day. Carol Lawrence/The Gazette

CAROL LAWRENCE

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GOG SNOW

Snow blankets the Garden of the Gods Tuesday, January 28, 2014. This image was created by combining multiple photographs into one panoramic image. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Photo submitted by Jessica Smith, via Facebook.

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Photo submitted by Aaron Rodgers, via Facebook.

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Pikes Peak and GOTG - as seen from the Visitor's Center. Photo submitted by Elaine Gutierrez Meyer, via Facebook.

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In the fog. Photo submitted by Sue Clifford Lynch, via Facebook.

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Photo submitted by Aaron Jarvis, via Facebook.

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Hello @csgazette cubicles across the way, here's my #GardenoftheGods photo taken two weeks ago on an intern outing. Photo by Elise Schmelzer @EliseSchmelzer

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Winter 2013. Photo submitted by Tammy Caruthers-McLaughlin, via Facebook.

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Photo submitted by Aaron Jarvis, via Facebook.

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Photo submitted by Aaron Jarvis, via Facebook.

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Garden of the Gods taken a few days ago. Photo by Joanna Bean @Jolbean

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My view from high up #gog. Photo submitted by Vinnie Snyder @Vinniesynder7

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Garden of the Gods feature

The stars, including those that make up the Big Dipper formation, sparkle in the night sky as the Kissing Camels rock formation stands out during a warm evening in the Garden of the Gods on Friday, July 16, 2010. (The Gazette, Bryan Oller)

GARDEN OF THE GODS

Michelle Ennis leaps from rock to rock while visiting Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods Monday, June 23, 2014. Ennis is visiting from Chicago and said this was her first ever visit to the park that online travel site TripAdvisor recently named the No. 1 park in the country. The city of Colorado Springs estimates that roughly 2 million people visit the park every year. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

weather

Snow fell on the rocks of Garden of the Gods Tuesday morning. The greater Colorado Springs area received 1 to 2.5 inches of snow while Walsenburg and Aguilar each reported 15 inches over night into Tuesday. Area forecasts said the weather will be into the fifties by Saturday progressively getting warmer each day. photo by Carol Lawrence 02/05/07

HOUSE FIRE

Barbara McAlister found the roads in the Garden of the Gods clear enough for a run early Monday morning, April 14, 2014. Her route took her past Balanced Rock. McAlister said she is training for this summer's Pikes Peak Ascent. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

GARDEN OF THE GODS

The Kissing Camels in Garden of the Gods Thursday, February 7, 2013. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

GARDEN OF THE GODS SUNRISE

The early morning sun illuminates the Gateway Rocks in Garden of the Gods Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

GARDEN OF THE GODS WEATHER

Snowy, foggy morning in Garden of the Gods Thursday, April 17, 2014. Photo by Joanna Bean

GARDEN OF THE GODS

As late day dark clouds gather to block the sunshine, Amiee Fooshee and her kids Casey, left, and Frank explore a rock formation near the Siamese Twins in the Garden of The Gods Sunday, January 15, 2012. Fooshee said she was "born and raised" in Colorado Springs and takes any chance to gets to explore the Garden of the Gods. Mark Reis, The Gazette

GOG SNOW

Big horn sheep walk through the snow in front of North Gateway Rock in the Garden of the Gods Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Frosty gamble oak in front of the Southgate rock formation in Garden of the Gods on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
A dense fog advisory for the Colorado Springs area cancelled some flights from the Colorado Springs' airport Monday morning. Although the advisory was lifted, fog remained in Garden of the Gods Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. A band of snow could bring 1-3 inches of snow to the region through the day.
Carol Lawrence/The Gazette

Frosty gamble oak in front of the Southgate rock formation in Garden of the Gods on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. A dense fog advisory for the Colorado Springs area cancelled some flights from the Colorado Springs' airport Monday morning. Although the advisory was lifted, fog remained in Garden of the Gods Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. A band of snow could bring 1-3 inches of snow to the region through the day. Carol Lawrence/The Gazette

GOG SNOW

Snow blankets the Garden of the Gods Tuesday, January 28, 2014. This image was created by combining multiple photographs into one panoramic image. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Photo submitted by Jessica Smith, via Facebook.

Photo submitted by Aaron Rodgers, via Facebook.

Pikes Peak and GOTG - as seen from the Visitor's Center. Photo submitted by Elaine Gutierrez Meyer, via Facebook.

In the fog. Photo submitted by Sue Clifford Lynch, via Facebook.

Photo submitted by Aaron Jarvis, via Facebook.

Hello @csgazette cubicles across the way, here's my #GardenoftheGods photo taken two weeks ago on an intern outing. Photo by Elise Schmelzer @EliseSchmelzer

Winter 2013. Photo submitted by Tammy Caruthers-McLaughlin, via Facebook.

Photo submitted by Aaron Jarvis, via Facebook.

Photo submitted by Aaron Jarvis, via Facebook.

Garden of the Gods taken a few days ago. Photo by Joanna Bean @Jolbean

My view from high up #gog. Photo submitted by Vinnie Snyder @Vinniesynder7

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