Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

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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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Colorado Springs using our trip planner.
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  • A beautiful stunning place. Easy to walk around on the paved walkways. We were there in February with snow on the ground and we enjoyed seeing the formations up close. The balanced rock make great...  more »
  • I love this place. It's beautiful. But, we went on a Saturday and it was really crowded. Difficult to get photos without other people in them, and unable to go to places you want because of other.....  more »
  • Visit here one Sunday in January. Went to the visitor centre, which had lots of information and gifts. There is an outside area that overlooks the Garden of the Gods. Great educational area and...  more »
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  • Loved the visitor center and the park!! The visitor center has quite a number of exhibits and information on the history of how the scenic area got created. The staff were also very friendly. We also attended a simulated movie about the place's history. The special effects were good, but not great, considering the ticket prices. But we thought it was a good way to contribute to the visitor center's efforts at preserving the park. The Garden of Gods park in itself is a real beauty. One can easily spend 4-5 hours just walking and driving through the loop.
  • Such a cool place! This is a must stop for those who are in the area or have not been to Colorado before. The visitor center is full of cool information and findings from the park. The staff was also very helpful to guide my husband and I in the right direction since we were not from the area. They also have information on other parks and train rides. I cannot wait to come back and see it again because there is so much to see and walk through.
  • Garden of the Gods is a beautiful and fascinating place to visit. It has a great visitors center with displays about the local wildlife--including a dinosaur species first found there--but the real highlight is the trails through the magnificent natural stone structures. There are well-paged trails to follow and signs identifying the ages of the very different stones. Technical climbing is allowed on some (with appropriate equipment and a permit), and some are completely restricted. But there are a few areas where anyone can climb on smaller structures. To top it off, access to the park is totally free.
  • Amazing! So pretty and sooo impressive! You can drive through or walk. This would be amazing to walk if you have a dog with you. We drove as we had a 11 month old with us and it was cold for us Floridians.. 😂 It was very beautiful and a must do if guy are close. It’s way more impressive in person than the pictures show. The pictures do not so this place any justice at all. The person at the front desk was also very helpful explaining the route to take with the car. Loved it!
  • Must see. The name says it all "Garden of the Gods", amazing rock formations. Nice and clean trails. Plenty of scenic spots, some with parking and some just have a few road side spots. Still take your time, follow your google map, since most of the roads are one way. Only 20 minutes or less from Colorado Spring, there are no reasons not to come. It is well worth it.
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