Local Indian Trader, Charles E. Strausenback, built the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, in the early 1900s. The trading post was designed to resemble a traditional Pueblo Indian home. Mr. Strausenback believed that visitors to the Southwest should have the opportunity to explore Native American culture through art, architecture, and crafts.
The Garden of the Gods Trading Post offers one of a kind gift shop, you'll find something for everyone on your list. Browse through our vast array of collectible hand made jewelry, books, and souvenirs, toys for kids, apparel, as well as Home Decor items. Today, our Art Gallery features unique Colorado Artist, International artwork, Contemporary jewelry, as well as a magnificent collection of Native American Art.
For morning travelers to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, our Coffee Corner, features Starbucks coffee, tea and specialty drinks. Guests may enjoy time together, sitting in a quiet setting, which includes free WI-FI.
While hiking or simply sightseeing at the Garden of the Gods, stop in at the Balanced Rock Cafe for lunch or a light dinner. The Cafe offers a diverse variety of delicious meals including our Famous Buffalo Burgers, a selection of tantalizing wraps, hot soups mad daily, a choice of unique salads, and lighter fares as well. Guests may enjoy creek side dining in the Balanced Rock Cafe Patio garden, sheltered by Aspens and hundred year old Cottonwoods.