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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  • I like doing pretty/nature stuff. This is quick, accessible, beautiful and fun. You can drive by and see beauty or walk through and kill an hr or more. Easy to get to dispensaries too and there are no...  more »
  • Beautiful red rock formations with numerous hiking trails and viewpoints! Enjoy the views and take a picnic lunch. Balanced Rock is amazing, but parking there can be a challenge.  more »
  • We visited during July long weekend . Great drive in the park . Also amazing hike . We also took the off road Jeep tour from visitor center which was just the best . Must do when in Colorado Springs!!  more »
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  • Beautiful views that are quickly accessible from an easy drive. Clean and well kept bathrooms. Going to miss being in Colorado. Recommended for anyone interested in seeing the great outdoors in Colorado. Definitely a place to see while you're in the state. Do not miss. There is a very easy path to follow around the park with tons of parking for whatever vehicle you decide to bring. Climbing the rocks is available but you will need your climbing equipment and get a permit from the city. Please visit as much as possible because the place is beautiful.
  • Great local and tourist attraction. The parking lots actually in the garden of the gods tend to be full of limited at best. The visitor center has a lot to offer. If you can do a little planning you can see other attractions there like the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo. Our kids loved seeing the animals and displays they brought. The park itself has some really nice (easy) trails of varying distances. You may even catch a glimpse of some rock climbers and you can always check out the kissing camels. Be forewarned, it is heavily trafficked Park and there are usually many people around (sometimes too many for relaxation).
  • My son has acute asthma. Not once did he cough when we were hiking up the trail. He actually helped me up the trail. I would recommend this trail to everyone. It is truly grounding. I had forgotten how amazing this place was. I heard the traffic is bumper to bumper in the summer time though. Glad we came out in January.
  • Beautiful public park with plenty of car parking, cycle lane and trails. Disabled access is also very good. The only down side is the amount of people there who do not pay any attention to the signage about sticking to the boardwalks and clamber all over the rocks to take photos and damage them. It is a shame when it is so beautiful and unique. The visitor centre is great for people who are not familiar with local geology, wildlife, history and plants. The displays provide interesting info on all of these with interactive screens. There are restrooms, a cafe, theatre and shop selling a variety of souvenirs. Staff are informative and have plenty of maps and leaflets about the park.
  • This is one of our favorite places to hike in Colorado and near Pikes Peak. During the off season the park is fairly quiet and the views are always spectacular and peaceful. During the peak season it is definitely a tourist trap. Some of the tourists can be unruly climbing on things they shouldn't be. While the park is amazing their needs to be more enforcement as there has recently been a-lot of tourists etching their name or graffiti into the beautiful rock formations.

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