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Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

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Geologic Formation
Admire one of the country’s most impressive archaeological wonders at Garden of the Gods. The 552 hectare (1,364 acre) public park is famous for the dozens of freestanding red rock formations created by a geological upheaval millions of years ago. Hike through the lush green forests while admiring the towering 91 m (300 ft) formations set against the dramatic backdrop of snowcapped Pike’s Peak. Head to the park’s visitor and nature center to learn the history of the formations or to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy panoramic views of the park from the cafe terrace. By using our Colorado Springs travel itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Garden of the Gods and other attractions in Colorado Springs.
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  • You can self drive through the park for free or you can do a guided Jeep Tour or a trolley Tour or a Segway Tour. We did the expanded historical Jeep Tour which added a stop and the Glen Eyrie and a d...  more »
  • my wife and I enjoyed this stop a lot. beautiful and intriguing rock formations. quite a few people climbing some of the rocks. it was somewhat challenging with our 7 and 10 year old girls - quite a b...  more »
  • We took a short (about 1 mile) hike to see a rock formation that can't be seen from the road, and then drove around the rest. I wish we had gotten there earlier to see more, but what we did see was gr...  more »
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  • I've traveled a lot in the southwestern US, but these are now among my top favorite rock formations. The way they rise up out of the ground and the contrast between the green pinion pines and the red Rock was stunning. The visitor center was packed with information, displays, a cafe and a gift shop. If you plan to spend a few hours to a day hiking, I suggest leaving your car at the visitor center. Once inside the park the road is one way with no passing and the parking lots we're extremely crowded. I saw a lot of rock climbers (gear and permit required), families (one of the trails is paved and stroller friendly), bicyclists and dogs. For those who can't or don't feel like walking, there are pull off areas on the road where most of the main rock formations can be viewed.
  • What a beautiful place. So fun to explore. And free! We went on Mother's Day and it was busy, but still able to find parking and still felt peaceful and beautiful. We enjoyed walking on several paths and climbing on the rocks. It feels good to be in nature and surrounded by other people enjoying nature :) We saw all ages here babies to elderly, and all different types of fitness level, and footwear, etc. You can choose the paths you take and level of excursion and enjoy it no matter what. Highly recommend. I want to come back and explore more!
  • Awesome place to be especially on a beautiful day! This is a great place to spend time outdoors and is accessible for the whole family. There a variety of trails, some paved, some not. I recommend the Siamese Twins Trail because you get a stunning view of Pike's Peak through the Siamese Twins rock formation. I would avoid the Scotsman trail because when we were there, there was horse poop everywhere. The smell and sight were so assaulting that it almost ruined the walk. I would definitely recommend getting to the park early. We got there around 8:30am and had a great place to park and our pick of trails and photo ops. By the time we got back to the main formation it was around 11am and the place was packed! Lots of groups of children running around making you nervous with their climbing. Also, cars were backed up in the lots trying to snag a spot. Overall, loved this place. It was a wonderful free thing to do and I would return.
  • This city park is absolutely beautiful. It is very easy to find. If you like the outdoors and hiking this is a great place. Lots of beautiful scenery and quite a few hiking trails. The trails we hiked were moderate. If you are traveling on I 25 through Colorado it is well worth your time to stop and see this park, it is only 15 to 20 minutes from the interstate.
  • Garden of the Gods is absolutely beautiful! We recently visited for a second time and I am happy we did. There are several places to pull off, explore and take pictures. This would be lots of fun for all ages - the kids can run and climb and adults can relax and enjoy the view. The visitors center is a great place to stop, as well. The gift shop has some great shirts among many other things. And if you need a coffee or a snack, they've got that (I recommend the cinnamon sugared pecans)! Also, if you leave your car in the visitor parking lot after it closes, no worries! Apparently, a lot of people make this mistake. Our friends left their car so they could ride with us. And by the time we came back, their gates were closed. Luckily, we tried more than one gate and the second one hadn't been locked. When they got to their car they found a printed note telling them that the gate had been left open for them and to simply please lock it behind them when they left. Thank goodness!!