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Local Business Spotlight: Garden of the Gods Trading Post

June 28, 2011

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Garden of the Gods Trading Post

In the early 1920’s, Charles E. Strausenback built the Garden of the Gods Trading Post to resemble the homes of the Pueblo Indians. Pueblo men and women were employed to perform native dances and to make baskets and pottery at the new shop. Navajo men and women were hired to weave blankets and create handmade jewelry. Native Americans continued to work at the Trading Post up through the mid 1950’s.

In 1979, the Trading Post came under new proprietorship, but paintings and photographs by Strausenback were hung throughout the building and can still be seen today. The wrought iron fixtures on the entry doors, as well as the handiwork around the fireplaces, are of his design and creation!

Since 1979, the Trading Post has expanded six times to become the largest trading post in Colorado! The art gallery features local artists, traditional and contemporary Native American jewelry, and Navajo rugs. Colorado gifts and souvenirs can be found in the main store. During the summer, the Balanced Rock Café features the popular buffalo burger, and diners can enjoy their meal in a flowered garden behind the Trading Post. In 2000, the Peak View Conference center was built, serving numerous weddings, conferences, reunions and or any other group function!

Have you had the chance to visit the Garden of the Gods Trading Post? Head over to and write a review! Don’t forget to check out the Trading Post coupons: discounts on purchases and a buy-one-get-one deal for the Balanced Rock Café!