Recently I checked out Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. It was a great place to take photographs and just walk around and enjoy the scenery. I would think that natural beauty of the area would be reason enough to name it Garden of the Gods. Here is the real story behind the name.
It was August of 1859 when two surveyors started out from Denver City to begin a townsite, soon to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden” when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a “young and poetic man”, exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.” It has been so called ever since. (taken from Garden of The Gods website)