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Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

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Geologic Formation Wildlife Area
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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  • Beautiful park my family love the walking trails and the view of the rocks . The hiking trails are very easy walking most anyone can do it . 2 to 3 hours is all we feel that is needed to really enjoy ...  more »
  • Beautiful walks and hikes but come early. Parking fills up by 9:30. And water is a must as it heats up fast.  more »
  • Unusual rocks, short and very confortable hickings, maybe to many people but that the price to pay for such an easy access.  more »
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  • Everything was wonderful! Park Ranger Jennifer takes the best pictures! Buy trolley tickets early & I hope you ride with Prairie Dog. He was as entertaining as he was educational. Excellent driver & pointed out the best camera views. Gift shop fudge & warm cinnamon nuts sell out fast, but will worth the price. Cafe had good & fast service.
  • (I'm talking about the hiking available at the north east part of the circle) This was such a great time! It was very accessible, crowded but you didn't feel like there were too many people there. There were great places for kids to hike and climb. Bathrooms are only at the entrance. There is a welcome center where a movie is available, a little cafe with very inexpensive food, a huge balcony to look out at. Bathrooms are very adequate. There is a ton to learn in the museum, and there were jeep tours and a trolley tour that leave from here. Garden of the gods was free to enter and explore. The parking lot filled up pretty quickly and parking was tough.
  • 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!
  • This place is really breathtaking and relatively easy access. It can be seen by the road as you circumnavigate the entire "area" or decide to get out at the multiple parking lot stops to venture out onto the trails that lead you closer to the sand structures. Either way you can spend hours here or make it a short side event/trip. The visitor center is very nice as well with a restaurant and souvenir shop on site. Their is also a nice viewing deck that gives you a pretty good 270 degree view of the complex/area so it's worth the venture to the visitor center.

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To experience the scenic beauty surrounding Colorado Springs while on holiday, consider staying at a resort just outside the city, offering sweeping views of the mountains plus access to championship golf courses, tennis courts, and spa/fitness facilities. You can also discover Colorado's great outdoors by pitching a tent at one of the area's many campgrounds, or by renting a cozy cottage or mountain cabin.  If you prefer to stay near downtown, consider a moderately priced inn or motel, located a short walk from the city's finest shops and restaurants.
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